The building is clearly leaking and the water is causing damage.
"The conservation and repair work of the Abbey and its surroundings is an essential and urgent task -
as is the creation of an effective initiative to ensure future sustainability".
Heritage Lottery Submission made 15 May, 2014
"There is one monument in the church which is, I think, the most commendable of all. It is to Caroline, Lady Milton, who died in 1775. The effigies of both Lord and Lady Milton are carved in marble upon an altar tomb. The little lady is exquisite beyond all expression. She is fully dressed in a simple costume of the time. She lies back dead. Her head drops on a pillow over which her loosened hair has tumbled. Her hands fall by her side inert and helpless...By her side her husband reclines, his head resting on his hand. He is assumed to be alive, and to be gazing upon her with a look stupefied by grief. He wears a bag wig, a sword, and pompous robes. He is uncouth, foppish, and ridiculous. He is living, she is dead. His grtesque self-importance and too prominent concern only serve to intensify her simplicity, her stillness, her dreamless sleep."
Sir Frederick Treves, "Highways and Byways in Dorset", 1905.
Ann Clapcott's tomb:
Behold and see you who pass by,
As you are now so once was I.
As I am now, so will you be,
Prepare for death and follow me.
In the meantime, a game of cricket, or a round of golf?
Mark Ponsford, 1999