St Edwold's Church, Stockwood, Dorset

Stockwood, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0NG
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Opening times:
Open daily
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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.

  • Access information
    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. 
  • Directions
    7 miles south of Yeovil, off A37
  • Transport
    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.

    St Edwold's, Stockwood Guidebook


  • Community information

    Click here to download a copy of the Church Plan which sets out the shared vision for the future of the church. This is a working document that will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any feedback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!


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