Steeple parish church
Steeple shown within Dorset
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Steeple is a hamlet and civil parish in the Purbeck district of the English county of Dorset. It is situated eight miles west of the coastal resort town of Swanage at the foot of Ridgeway Hill and had a population of 94 in 2001.
The ancient church of Steeple ironically lacks a steeple. It has a coat of arms engraved in stone in the porch and another painted in scarlet of the roof interior that is precisely the same as George Washington's coat of arms, showing stars and stripes.
The Washington arms is quartered with those of the squires of Steeple village, the Lawrence family, who are allied with the Washingtons by the marriage of one of its sons, Edmund Lawrence, to Agnes de Wessington in 1390.
The flag of the US capital hangs proudly inside the church, presented on 25 July 1977 by Walter E Washington, Mayor of Washington DC from 2 January 1975 - 2 January 1979
On the highest local point of the nearby Purbeck Ridge is an 18th-century folly built by the former owner of Creech Grange and known as Grange Arch. Today it is a Grade II listed building owned by the National Trust.
- Grange Arch on the Purbeck ridgeway at www.geograph.org.uk. Accessed on 26 May 2013.
- Grange Arch, Steeple at www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Accessed on 26 May 2013.
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