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Tucked up above the coast at Kimmeridge, a cluster of homes worship at the church of St Michael & All Angels at Steeple.

It's a small church, located down a narrow lane.  It doesn't take too much imagination to picture worshippers travelling here on Sunday, walking perhaps for miles.

The church is home to what some people believe is the inspiration behind the United States of America's national flag - the Stars and Stripes.

Carved into a wall is coat of arms.  Here's an excerpt from thedorsetpage.com

Long before the American flag was thought of, the Stars and Stripes were carved into the church wall. The arms of Lawrence quartering Washington are identical with the design on George Washington's signet ring.

The stars and stripes correctly called bars and mullets, heraldically joined the crusader cross of the Lawrence family when Edmund Lawrence married Agnes de Wessington, in 1390. In 1540 the Lawrence's came to Steeple, whilst a descendant of the Washington's settled in Virginia and became the great grandfather of George Washington, the first President of the USA.