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Wimborne Minster

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Wimborne Minster

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Wimborne Minster is a small town in Dorset, England. The Minster, which is a beautiful large church, has existed for over 1300 years and is recognised for its unusual chained library (one of only four surviving chained libraries in the world).

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  • The Tivoli Theatre was built in Wimborne Minster in 1936 as a theatre and cinema. It features a wide variety of Art Deco features, including original chrome and Bakelite door handles.
  • Wimborne Model Town - located on the outskirts, is one of the largest and most established model towns in England. It depicts Wimborne at the time it was made, in the 1950s. It is at 1/10 scale so the model of the Minster is several feet high. The shop windows accurately show the goods that the shops were selling at the time. The exhibition also includes a model railway based on Thomas the Tank Engine, which was opened by Christopher Awdry. Children are invited to complete a quiz sheet (there are several, graded by age).
  • Priest's House Museum is a local museum in the town, located on the high street, opposite the church.

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