St Edwold's Church, Stockwood, Dorset
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One of England's smallest churches
Fifteenth-century St Edwold's is not much bigger than a single-decker bus, measuring only 9.1m by 3.9m. It nestles in an idyllic wooded valley and few could fail to be captivated by the charm of this tiny, rustic church beside a farmhouse with an old footbridge in front.
The single-celled building, with a western porch and perky little circular bell turret were both built in 1636. Its unique dedication to St Edwold, the ninth-century hermit of Cerne, could indicate that there have been 1000 years of worship on this spot.
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
A medieval treasure saved by George Gilbert Scott
A riverside church in the Cerne Valley
Approached down a lane to Stockwood. Parking is on a gravel area by a gate which leads across a field to a footbridge leading to the churchyard. Across the grass to a level entrance to the west porch and no steps. Please note that the stone door frame is too narrow for a standard wheelchair to pass.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a small number have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
7 miles south of Yeovil, off A37
Nearest railway station: Chetnole (1 mile)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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.Devon County Guide 2012
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Cornwall, Devon & Dorset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
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