Home Churches Ride + Stride Grants Friends News Cards Music Events About Us

St. Edwold Stockwood  

A charming little church sitting next to a well-proportioned late 18c brick farmhouse, at the end of a farm drive.  At just 30 x 12 ft. it is the smallest in Dorset and probably one of the smallest in England.  Perhaps the most striking item externally is the pillared and domed bell turret.

Although there must have been an earlier building, most of the present structure dates from the 15c.  The porch was added in 1636. The font and altar rails are Victorian.  The 17c altar table came from Whitecombe, which, like this church, is also cared for by the Redundant Churches Fund.

St. Edwold was the younger brother of St. Edmund, the Anglian king murdered by the Danes in 870 AD.  Edwold was offered the crown, but preferring the hermit life, declined and eventually made his way to Dorset, settling in Cerne and, presumably, here.  Although very highly regarded, his stay in Dorset was to be short because he died after just one year and was buried in Cerne.  However, such was his prestige that when the monastery was rebuilt in 987, his remains were re-interred in the choir of the new building.








The Trust gratefully acknowledges images and text by Robin Adeney ©



This Church has no grants

Churches Nearby

Ref Title Town Postcode Distance
St. EdwoldStockwoodDT2 0NG0
St Mary the VirginMelbury BubbDT2 0NQ1
St. MaryMelbury SampfordDT2 0LF1
St. OsmondMelbury OsmondDT2 0LZ1
St. PeterChetnoleDT9 6NZ1
St. JamesEast Chelborough/LewcombeDT2 0QB2
St OsmondEvershotDT2 0JW2
St. MaryBatcombeDT2 7BG2
St AndrewLeighDT9 6HL2
St AndrewsYetminsterDT9 6LG2
St. HippolytusRyme IntrinsecaDT9 6JX2
St. GeorgeBeer HackettDT9 6RA3
St NicholasHillfieldDT2 7BA3
St. AndrewWest ChelboroughDT2 0PY3
St. MichaelBeer HackettDT9 6QT3
St. QuintinFrome Saint QuintinDT2 0HF3
St. MaryHalstockBA22 9SG3
St Michael & All AngelsRampishamDT2 0PT3
St. MaryHermitageDT2 7BB4
St. Mary MagdaleneThornfordDT9 6QF4
Old Link