A Cosy Little Pad
The farm buildings in the previous image are immediately to the left of this scene.
"Toller Fratrum, at the end of a road which goes no further, stands isolated on a little promontory overlooking the river Hooke as it prepares to meet the larger river Frome.
It was once the Toller of the Brothers, The brothers in question being the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who owned the manor in medieval times and had their storehouses here. A long thatched building on which there is a carving of a man eating a loaf is believed to have been their refectory.
The Manor House, built by Royalist Sir Thomas Fulford, is one of Dorset's loveliest houses - an excellent specimen of the domestic architecture of the 17th century. The grey masonry is weathered and bronzed by age, and twisted stone chimneys overshadow pinnacles formed into heraldic beasts.
The outbuildings are also fine and the thatched stable block to the east is superb. There is also a large barn with a granary on staddle stones in front. The entrance to the church is off the farm.
The small church is unique, dedicated to Basil the Great who is honored as one of the greatest saints in the Churches of the East, and only three in the whole of England are dedicated to him. Virtually rebuilt in the 19th century, it has the oddest font, covered with simple figures and a two-bodied monster. This dates from the 12th century as does the fragment which shows Mary Magdalene washing the feet of Christ."