St Edwold's Church, Stockwood, Dorset

Stockwood, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0NG
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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.