All Saints' Church, Nether Cerne, Dorset

Address: Nether Cerne, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AJ
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Open daily. Please note: Due to on-going conservation work, access to the church may be restricted at times or visitors may be required to wear a hard hard.
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A riverside church in the Cerne Valley

This pastoral and picturesque riverside church by an old manorwas built primarily in the 13th-century.

All Saints has a stone tower topped with pinnacles and vigorously carved angel-gargoyles. Inside is an unusual melon-shaped 12th-century font bowl, probably from an earlier church here.

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Road directions

5 miles north of Dorchester, on A352

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Maiden Newton (4.4 miles)

OS Reference No.

SY 669 983

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

 

PDF iconCornwall, Devon & Dorset County Guide (PDF, 4.5mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cornwall, Devon & Dorset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Liz (18 Nov 2012, 18:29)

    I visited the church today and was fascinated by the interior whilst under complete restoration. Having learnt that the church has been de-commissioned since 1968, I wonder who will use it upon completion of the restoration.

    Will any of the original paintings be replaced?

  2. Tim A (05 Jan 2013, 22:22)

    Following recent heavy rains, the tracks to the church and the grassy parking area adjacent are very boggy. Combined with the restoration work to the church interior currently underway, this renders a visit to this building ill-advised at present. The interior is literally encased in scaffolding and boarding as the plasterwork is being replaced.
    All that said, a beautiful church in a fantastic position and will definitely return later in the year to see in its restored glory.
    Perhaps the organisation could consider levelling and adding cinders or gravel to the parking area. There is no parking in the hamlet.
    Thank you to the lady living on the property who helped push our very well-stuck car out!!

  3. Ron Kirby (28 Jun 2013, 15:22)

    I visited the church June 28, 2013. Restoration well under way and I will definitely visit later in the year to see how this fantastic building has been brought back to life.

    Sorry to read that the church has been "decommissioned" as it exudes a most peaceful and prayerful atmosphere even undergoing the necessary pain of work by caring restorers. For a service in the church, when finally restored,would be so memorable for all those honoured by being able to attend.

    - Ron Kirby
    Dorchester

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All Saints' Church, Nether Cerne, Dorset

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.