Sitting on the banks of the River Thame close where it joins the mighty Thames, the village of Dorchester has truly ancient origins; it dates back to the Bronze Age and later had important Roman and Saxon associations. It was here that St Birinus first introduced Christianity to southern England in 635AD.
Although magnificent Dorchester Abbey dates from the 12th century, it was overlaid onto an earlier Saxon cathedral. The abbey’s 14th century Jesse window is one of the finest in England. Another window contains the earliest coloured glass known in England.