Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames

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Dorchester-on-Thames is a small, picturesque village set amidst water meadows where the River Thame joins the River Thames, just 8 miles south of Oxford. It has one of the largest churches in Oxfordshire, which stands on the site of a Saxon cathedral built by St Birinus in the seventh century.

The Abbey ( is the parish church of the village and has been a site of worship for over 1300 years. Come and join us in worship and prayer.

Delve into the history of this ancient building and explore it for yourself. Feel the atmosphere created by the contrasting simplicity of the Norman walls and arches and the unparalleled C14 splendour of the east end. Simon Jenkins, in his book "England's 1000 Best Churches", gave the Abbey a 4-star rating. There is much to see and marvel at.

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Holy Communion (BCP)
Book of Common Prayer service of Holy Communion, held in the St Birinus Chapel
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer


Morning Prayer
Said service, in the St Birinus Chapel
Every Monday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour


Morning Prayer
Said service, in the St Birinus Chapel
Every Tuesday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour
Community Coffee Morning
An opportunity for people of all ages to meet over coffee
Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM
Family Friendly Coffee


Morning Prayer
Said service, in the St Birinus Chapel
Every Thursday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour
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Morning Service
Sunday 2nd August 2015 at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours
Sung Eucharist
Sunday 9th August 2015 at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours
Family Service and Baptism
Sunday 16th August 2015 at 10:30 AM for ½ hour
Sung Eucharist
Sunday 23rd August 2015 at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours
Sunday 23rd August 2015 at 7:00 PM for ½ hour
Bell Ringing Live Music / Concerts Regular Choir Regular Book of Common Prayer Services Grade 1 Listed Building Conservation Area Supports Fairtrade goods Tower Floodlighting Wall paintings / art Stained glass Guided Tours Guidebooks / notes Cafe / restaurant Organ Church Open Wheelchair Access / Ramp Wheelchair accessible toilets Hearing / Induction Loop Assistance Dogs Toilets Baby Changing Facilities

Abbey Guest House - details on website

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Daily 8am - 6pm or dusk if earlier

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Clergy: The Revd Canon Susan Elizabeth BOOYS
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6080
Built: 1140
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: ASTON & CUDDESDON (27402)
Benefice: Dorchester (27/153BJ)
Parish Legal Name: Dorchester (270108 27/108)
CofE Church Info: (627108 27/108)
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The current editor is: Hilarie Rogers

This page was last updated on Thursday 28th May 2015
Dorchester Abbey : High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

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