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 ©
|St. Edwold||Stockwood||DT2 0NG||0|
|St Mary the Virgin||Melbury Bubb||DT2 0NQ||1|
|St. Mary||Melbury Sampford||DT2 0LF||1|
|St. Osmond||Melbury Osmond||DT2 0LZ||1|
|St. Peter||Chetnole||DT9 6NZ||1|
|St. James||East Chelborough/Lewcombe||DT2 0QB||2|
|St Osmond||Evershot||DT2 0JW||2|
|St. Mary||Batcombe||DT2 7BG||2|
|St Andrew||Leigh||DT9 6HL||2|
|St Andrews||Yetminster||DT9 6LG||2|
|St. Hippolytus||Ryme Intrinseca||DT9 6JX||2|
|St. George||Beer Hackett||DT9 6RA||3|
|St Nicholas||Hillfield||DT2 7BA||3|
|St. Andrew||West Chelborough||DT2 0PY||3|
|St. Michael||Beer Hackett||DT9 6QT||3|
|St. Quintin||Frome Saint Quintin||DT2 0HF||3|
|St. Mary||Halstock||BA22 9SG||3|
|St Michael & All Angels||Rampisham||DT2 0PT||3|
|St. Mary||Hermitage||DT2 7BB||4|
|St. Mary Magdalene||Thornford||DT9 6QF||4|