The church rests on the edge of the village near an early C19 manor house. The building is unique in Dorset because it is the only church to be completely rendered externally.
The nave is essentially C15 and very light and airy, but the chancel, originally C13, was 'improved' several times by the Victorians and the final result is gloomy, despite triple lancet windows and some marble shafting. The reredos in the sanctuary is brilliantly coloured and by a Mr. Tolhurst of Mowbrays 1927. Two squints and an aperture high up on the left side, which once led to a rood screen, makes the chancel arch particularly interesting. There is a C15 font and an intriguing Elizabethan alms box, heavily carved from a single piece of oak.
Very early in the C21 a bequest was received, which funded the building of a superb gallery against the west wall and the installation of a superb new organ.
Above the splendid south porch, with its vaulted ceiling, is a priest's room where once, before the days of vicarages, visiting monks would have been expected to spend the night. Note, above the door, the small Norman seated Christ.
This is a most interesting church that generously repays a visit.
The Trust gratefully acknowledges text by Robin Adeney and drone photography by Richard Noble © 2018
|The Holy Rood||Buckland Newton||DT2 7BX||0|
|St. Andrew||Minterne Magna||DT2 7AZ||2|
|St. Mary the Virgin||Glanvilles Wootton||DT9 5QE||2|
|St. Pancras||Alton Pancras||DT2 7RW||2|
|Church||Up Cerne||DT2 7AW||2|
|St. Mary||Hermitage||DT2 7BB||3|
|St Thomas Becket||Pulham||DT2 7EA||3|
|St. Mary the Virgin||Cerne Abbas||DT2 7JQ||3|
|St. Peter and St. Paul||Mappowder||DT10 2EH||3|
|St Nicholas||Hillfield||DT2 7BA||3|
|Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary||Holnest||DT9 5PU||3|
|All Saints (Redundant)||Nether Cerne||DT2 7AJ||4|
|All Saints||Piddletrenthide||DT2 7QR||4|
|St. Mary||Batcombe||DT2 7BG||4|
|St. Mary & St. James||Hazelbury Bryan||DT10 2ED||4|
|St Andrew||Leigh||DT9 6HL||5|
|Church||Bishop's Caundle||DT9 5NL||5|
|St. Peter and St. Paul||Caundle Marsh||DT9 5LX||5|
|St Barnabas||Stock Gaylard||DT10 2BG||5|