St Stephen, Bournemouth

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Sir John Betjeman wrote that it was "worth travelling 200 miles and being sick in the coach to have seen inside this many vista'd church".

It is like a small version of Truro Cathedral which is also by architect JL Pearson. St Stephen's has also been described as being like a French cathedral found behind the Town Hall. 

Pearson is said to have designed a church "which brought people to their knees".

The building was completed in 1898 as a memorial to the town's first vicar Alexander Morden Bennet who had died in 1880. His son Alexander Sykes Bennett was the first vicar. 

A successor was composer Anthony Douglas Caesar who later became the Queen's resident chaplain.

The high standard of music is highlighted during the annual May Festival music weekend. Former organists and directors of music include composer Percy Whitlock.

The Swedish Church occasionally worships at the church. In 1888 Prince Oscar of Sweden was married here to Ebba Munck in a Lutheran ceremony in the presence of the Queen of Sweden. 

St Stephen's maintains the Anglican catholic tradition of its foundation when Keble College was the sole patron. The church is now part of the town centre parish with the mother church St Peter's.

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The Revd Ian Andrew TERRY - Incumbent
St Peter's Rectory
18 Wimborne Road
Bournemouth
Bournemouth
BH2 6NT
(01202) 554058
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Sunday

Solemn Mass
Every Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour

Wednesday

Mass
Every Wednesday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments

Saturday

Mass
Every Saturday at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
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All Saints Day Mass
Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments
All Souls Day Mass
Thursday 2nd November 2017 at 7:00 PM for 1 hour
Mass for Christ The King
Sunday 26th November 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Advent Sunday Mass
Sunday 3rd December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments
St Nicholas Day Mass
Wednesday 6th December 2017 at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments
St Lucy's Day Mass
Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 10:00 AM for ½ hour
Refreshments
Carol Service
Saturday 16th December 2017 at 4:00 PM for 1 hour
Midnight Mass
Sunday 24th December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Christmas Day Mass
Monday 25th December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
St Stephen's Day Patronal Festival Mass
Tuesday 26th December 2017 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Mince Pies
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Incumbent: The Revd Ian Andrew TERRY
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18410
Archdeaconry: BOURNEMOUTH (412)
Deanery: BOURNEMOUTH (41201)
Benefice: Bournemouth Town Centre (41/041BT)
Parish Legal Name: Bournemouth Town Centre (410186 )
CofE Church Info: (641189 41/189)
Short URL: acny.uk/18410/
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The current editor is: Leigh Hatts

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This page was last updated on Monday 17th July 2017
 
 
 
St Stephen : St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Bournemouth, BH2 6JZ

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