St Cuthbert Old Chancel, Oborne, Dorset
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A tiny and enchanting survivor
This enchanting small building in golden stone is sandwiched between the A30 and the main train line from London.
Only the chancel survives of the 1553 church, which must have been one of the last to be built before the Reformation. Interesting inscriptions over the east and north windows testify to its origins.
Inside are medieval slip tiles and seventeenth century communion rails, pulpit and monuments; the pillar piscina comes from the redundant church at North Wootton. There are seventeenth-century monuments in the churchyard.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
One of England's smallest churches
On the busy A30 with very little parking apart from an adjacent field. Grass path runs from the road between the road and the churchyard and then doubles back through an iron gate into the churchyard and thence to the south door. There is no porch.
Disabled access information
Clear access if west door opened.
Facilities & Hire
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.
1 miles east of Sherborne, on A30
Nearest railway station: Sherborne (1.4 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?
You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Cornwall, Devon & Dorset County Guide
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.
- Community information