Posted by: Richenda at Friday June 18, 2010 in

Hi Richenda,

Thanks for the Order for the Enclosing of Anchorites referenced in ‘English Mediaeval Parish Church’ by G H Cook. Chapter One – The parish church of the Middle Ages – is absolutely fascinating. Now wanting to find out about St Wite. Cook writes,‘Very few parish churches were fortunate enough to possess a complete shrine. Unique in this respect is Whitechurch Canonicorum in Dorset, where the shrine containing the bones of S. Wite is built into the end wall of the north transept.’ And how about this..‘It is a stone structure dating from the thirteenth century and consists of a base pierced with three oval apertures into which lame pilgrims could thrust an affected limb. – a mediaeval game of TWISTER, perhaps? – Buried in the masonry above is the coffin enclosing the remains of the saint, covered with a Purbeck marble slab.’ To this Clay adds a note… The only other mediaeval shrine in this country that contains the bones of a saint is that of S. Edward Confessor in Westminster Abbey.

I’m in the UK, by the way, and we hope to be holidaying in Dorset, a beautiful county on the S Coast in a few weeks time so might go looking for Whitechurch C. a couple of miles from Lyme Regis of French Lieutenants fame.

Heard your plaintiff cry for comment so again many thanks for the link and I’ll dip in again sometime.



Thank you Keith!
I hope you found your way on holiday and your game of ‘twister’ went well. :-)

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