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The graveyard of St Mary’s Church, Lytchett Matravers

The village of Lytchett Matravers, to the north of Poole in Dorset, is one of my ancestral places. Several times in the past I had tried to find the parish church, but with no luck. We had driven around in circles in the middle of the village and there had been no sign of a tower that could have been St Mary’s.

Then this summer, when we were killing time for half an hour by driving around the country lanes, we took a “wrong” turn in the vicinity of Sturminster Marshall. And there, surrounded by patches of woodland and farmers’ fields, was a church. I was amazed – the nearest village was Lytchett Matravers, so this must be St Mary’s!

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The beautiful stained-glass window by Sarianne Durie in Scaplen's Court Museum, Poole, Dorset

I’ve no idea of the title of this stained-glass window by Sarianne Durie in an upstairs room at Scaplen’s Court, Poole, Dorset, but I love it. I see the sea, and shells, sails, and maybe old buildings and the bones of whales…

I place it here simply as an introduction to my blog gallery page showing images of one of my favourite places in the world – the old town in Poole, where many of my mother’s ancestors lived and worked through several centuries.

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Poole Old Town in pictures

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