A church built to establish a community of Augustinian Canons Regular was saved during the Reformation by John Draper the last Prior successfully petitioning the King to grant the church and churchyard in perpetuity to the Churchwardens and parishioners. Projecting from the triforium in the Lady Chapel is the ‘Miraculous Beam’, placed there to prevent the attentions of pilgrims. The beam was cut and placed in position during one night by a mysterious carpenter who was never seen again. It was thereafter believed to have been Christ the carpenter hence the name Christchurch given to both the church and the town.
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