The Church is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and is unlocked and open daily. The Chase Benefice, in which it is situated, and neighbouring parish of Tarrant Keyneston arrange services on four Sundays in the summer the church having no electric light.
It was once part of the richest nunneries in England being founded about 1230 by Bishop Poore of Salisbury for Cistercian nuns.
it is well worth a visit for its remnants of wall paintings which, like some stained glass windows, were to instruct the parishioners. There is also the long, elegant interior with oak furnishings and a beautiful sixteenth-century wagon roof as well as several thirteenth and fourteenth-century coffin lids set in the floor, probably of abbesses and nuns.
The Trust gratefully acknowledges photographs and text by Tim Smith ©
|St Mary's||Tarrant Crawford||DT11 9HU||0|
|All Saints||Tarrant Keynston||DT11 9JB||0|
|Saint John the Baptist||Spetisbury||DT11 9DF||1|
|St Bartholomew||Shapwick||DT11 9LA||1|
|St. Mary the Virgin||Charlton Marshall||DT11 9PJ||1|
|St. Mary||Tarrant Rawston||DT11 8SD||2|
|St. Mary||Tarrant Rushton||DT11 8SD||2|
|All Saints||Langton Long||DT11 9HS||2|
|St. Mary||Blandford Forum||DT11 9ND||2|
|St. Mary||Sturminster Marshall||BH21 4BU||3|
|St Mary||Almer||DT11 9EN||3|
|St. Peter and St. Paul||Blandford Forum||DT11 7AF||3|
|Our Lady of Lourdes & St Cecilia||Blandford Forum||DT11 7BN||3|
|All Saints||Tarrant Monkton||DT11 8RX||4|
|St. Martin||Bryanston||DT11 0PX||4|
|St. Peter||Pimperne||DT11 8UB||4|
|St Mary's||Winterborne Zelston||DT11 9EU||4|
|St. Stephen||Kingston Lacy||BH21 4ED||4|
|St. Stephen||Pamphill (Kingston Lacey)||BH21 4ED||5|
|St Mary the Virgin||Lytchett Matravers||BH16 6BS||5|