- Wynford Eagle
infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Wynford Eagle
map_type = Dorset
population = <100
region= South West England
constituency_westminster= West Dorset
postcode_district = DT2
Wynford Eagle is a hamlet and small parish in Dorset, anciently in the hundred of Tollerford, and now in the District of
West Dorset, 1.4 miles to the south west of Maiden Newtonand 7.5 miles to the north west of Dorchester.
The parish contains
barrows, and Roman remains have been unearthed here, including mosaicpavements, which have led to its identification as a villa site.
The name "Eagle" commemorates the mediaeval lords, the family "de l'Aigle" ("de Aquila").
The manor house, now "Manor Farm", rebuilt in 1630, was from 1551 for many years the seat of the
PuritanSydenham family, to which belonged the distinguished physician Thomas Sydenham(1624–1689). The family lost the property in scandalous circumstances, the last Sydenham owner dying in Dorchester prison in 1709.
The estate was later acquired by the Best family, originally of
Somerset, to whom in 1829 the village gave the title of Baron Wynford. The same family remain the principal landowners.
The church of
Saint Lawrence, formerly a chapelryof the church of Toller Fratrum, and later annexed to it as a perpetual curacy, was rebuilt in 1842 but preserves a striking Norman tympanum, carved with two wyverns, probably intended to represent eagles, as a pun on the name of Matilda de l'Aigle, who presumably commissioned it, according to one of the two inscriptions; the other names the sculptor, Alvy or Alvi.
* [http://www.ukvillages.co.uk/ukvillages.nsf/villages/Wynford+Eagle-Dorset Village page for Wynford Eagle]
* [http://www.dorsethistoricchurchestrust.co.uk/wynford_eagle.htm Dorset Historic Churches Trust: pictures]
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