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Christchurch Town Information

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Christchurch Sailing Club with The Priory in the background - Photo © Mark Pilbeam
Christchurch Sailing Club with The Priory in the background
Photo: Mark Pilbeam CCL

Lying on the coast between the rivers Stour and Avon, this picturesque town has the world’s biggest maze, covering 16 acres, and the longest parish church in England at nearly 300 feet. The church, 11th Century Christchurch Priory, also has England’s oldest bell, dating from 1370. Meanwhile a house near the village’s bowling green has the country’s oldest Norman chimney dating to the 12th Century!

As far back as the 9th Century the local harbour was an important cog in Alfred the Great’s defences against the Danes, but all that remains of the 11th Century castle is its keep. The full story of the area is told at the Redhouse Museum, art gallery and gardens. The building was once a workhouse where children made fine chains for the clock-making industry.