Place:Steeple, Dorset, England

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NameSteeple
Alt namesStiplesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 96
TypeVillage
Coordinates50.617°N 2.117°W
Located inDorset, England
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Steeple is a hamlet and civil parish in the Purbeck district of the English county of Dorset. It is situated eight miles west of the coastal resort town of Swanage at the foot of Ridgeway Hill and has a population of 94.

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 proudly inside the church, presented on 25th July 1977 by Walter E Washington, Mayor of Washington DC from 2nd January 1975 - 2nd 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.

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