Wayside Cross, Tarrant Crawford
Tarrant Crawford shown within Dorset
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||BLANDFORD FORUM|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
|UK Parliament||North Dorset|
Tarrant Crawford is a small village and civil parish at the end of the Tarrant Valley in Dorset, England. The River Tarrant joins the larger River Stour here. The village consists of two small settlements: Crawford Farm and a few houses in the Stour Valley, and Tarrant Abbey Farm, a church, and a few houses in the Tarrant Valley about 0.5 miles (0.80 km) to the north. Locals regard the two settlements as separate villages.
At the Crawford settlement there is a wayside cross which has an inscription which reads:
"THIS WAYSIDE CROSS WAS RESTORED & SET ON NEW STEPS ON THE OLD SITE BY MANY FRIENDS OF TARRANT CRAWFORD ANNO DOM MDCCCCXIV"
Tarrant Abbey Farm was in medieval times the site of Tarrant Abbey, founded in the 12th century by Ralph de Kahaines (of nearby Tarrant Keyneston) as a Cistercian nunnery, later supposedly the richest in England.
Two famous people are associated with the abbey: Queen Joan, the wife of Alexander II of Scotland and daughter of King John of England (Richard I's brother and successor), is buried in the graveyard (supposedly in a golden coffin), and Bishop Richard Poore, builder of Salisbury Cathedral, who was baptised in the abbey church and later (in 1237) buried in the abbey, which he founded. He was at one time Dean of the old cathedral at Old Sarum, and later became bishop of first Chichester, then Salisbury and finally Durham.
The 1881 census says - No. of households/schedules 11, Uninhabited houses 0, Males 31, Females 30, Total 61
St Mary's church
Saint Mary's Church, near Tarrant Abbey Farm, is known for its 13th- and 14th-century wall paintings, many of which are in a remarkable state of preservation.
- Miller, Alan. Monasteries of Dorset. Albemarle Books 1999. ISBN 0-9535263-0-5
Media related to Tarrant Crawford at Wikimedia Commons
- Personal interest site with information about Tarrant Crawford
- Photographs and Information on St Mary's Church etc. from Strolling Guides