Steeple, Dorset

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Steeple parish church
Steeple is located in Dorset
 Steeple shown within Dorset
Population 60 (2013 estimate)
OS grid reference SY910812
Civil parish Steeple
District Purbeck
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WAREHAM
Postcode district BH20
Dialling code 01929
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South Dorset
List of places

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Steeple is a hamlet and civil parish in the Purbeck district of the English county of Dorset. It is situated 8 miles (13 km) west of the coastal resort town of Swanage at the foot of Ridgeway Hill. In 2013 the estimated population of the civil parish was 60.[1]

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 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.[2][3]


  1. "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Grange Arch on the Purbeck ridgeway at Accessed on 26 May 2013.
  3. Grange Arch, Steeple at Accessed on 26 May 2013.

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