The church of St. George is located within the limits of modern Dorchester (Dorset). The doorhead is found above the entrance to the south aisle. The imagery is similar to the paintings at Hardham and also represents the intervention of the saint in the Battle of Antioch. In the center, a nimbed saint, presumably George, on horseback, is directing a pennanced lance into the mouth of his opponent.  Both the pennant and the horse’s accoutrements are decorated with crosses. To the left, two warriors are kneeling in prayer, their lances and shields propped up behind them. To the right, there are three Saracens, identified as such by their bossed shields, one of whom holds a broken lance.



Dorchester is just over three hours by train from London.

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Alford, Simon. “Romanesque architectural sculpture in Dorset: a selective catalogue and commentary,” Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Proceedings 106 (1984): 1-22.

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