This is charming little roadside church, in the centre of a busy village, offers great tranquillity to a visitor The earliest mention it has is 872 AD when Ethelmer gave it to Cerne Abbey and the Domesday Book of 1086-88 confirms that it still belonged to them.
Almost nothing of the original Saxon Church remains and only the font (in the tower) and holy water stoup of the later Norman chapel can be found. The present chancel was built in 1250. Work commenced on the tower in the 14c but was not completed until the 15 or 16c. The interesting balcony is dated 1701 and the altar rail may be of the same period. There are the remains of hagioscopes (or squints) between the nave and chancel and an excellent example of a rood loft staircase built into a buttress projection. Note, the hatchment of 1661.
There is an engaging memorial to William Durnford who was a shepherd and clerk for 56 years, choir member for 63 years and last surviving member of the church band. He died in 1943 aged 79 years.
|St. Mary||Winterbourne Abbas||DT2 9LW||0|
|St. Michael and All Angels||Winterbourne Steepleton||DT2 9LG||1|
|St. Martin||Martinstown||DT2 9JR||2|
|St. Michael & All Angels||Littlebredy||DT2 9HG||2|
|St. Thomas of Canterbury||Compton Valence||DT2 9ER||2|
|Saint Mary's||Frampton||DT2 9ND||3|
|St. Mary||Bradford Peverell||DT2 9SB||3|
|St. Peter||Long Bredy||DT2 9HU||3|
|St. Peter||Portesham||DT3 4HP||3|
|St. Nicholas Parish Church||Abbotsbury||DT3 4JJ||4|
|St. Laurence||Upwey||DT3 5QE||4|
|St. Mary||Litton Cheney||DT2 9AQ||4|
|St Mary the Virgin||Dorchester||DT1 2HL||4|
|St. Francis||Frome Vauchurch||DT2 0DY||4|
|St Catherine's Chapel||Abbotsbury||DT3 4JJ||5|
|St. Simon and St. Jude||Winterborne Monkton||DT2 9PU||5|
|St Mary||Maiden Newton||DT2 0AA||5|
|St. Basil||Toller Fratrum||DT2 0EW||5|