Loders: St Mary Magdalene, Loders

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St Mary Magdalene Loders is one of eight churches spread over the four parishes which make up the

United Benefice of Askerswell, Loders, Powerstock and Symondsbury in south-west Dorset.  

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About our Parish

St Mary Magdalene, Loders is listed as an historic building, Grade 1, by the Royal Commission for Historic Monuments, Dorset. It is an active Parish Church and holds three regular services each month: United Benefice Eucharist, 11.00 am on the first Sunday of the month, "Service With a Smile" (Informal All-Age Worship), 9.30 am on the third Sunday and Holy Communion, 8.00 am on the fourth Sunday. United Benefice Services are enhanced by an enthusiastic choir, conducted by the organist.

Early in the twelfth century, the Manor of Loders was presented by the then owner, Richard de Redvers, Earl of Devon, to the Abbey of St Mary de Montebourg, in Normandy. Some of the French monks came to Loders and established a Priory, which was subordinate to the mother house and to which its taxes were paid. Inside the church door, on your left, you will see a list of Priors and Vicars, dating from Norman times. It is certain that the present church was built on the site of a Saxon one and some Saxon work remains, notably the bowl of the font, which is made of Purbeck marble. The church has an excellent set of six bells, including the tenor bell, which was cast in 1626. The bells were removed, repaired and re-hung in 2003 and are regularly rung for services. There is another bell, cast in 1647, which is on display in the church. The organ is in good repair and was brought to the church from Crewkerne in 1903.


The exterior of the church, built in warm yellow limestone, boasts a fine set of early fifteenth century gargoyles and grotesques, expertly restored in 1992. There are many historic gravestones in the churchyard, nine of them Grade II listed table tombs. 


The parish also has a chapel of ease at Dottery. This is one of the few remaining "Tin Tabernacle" buildings still in regular use for services anywhere in the country. Holy Communion services are held at Dottery on the second Sunday of each month at 11:00 and on the fourth Sunday at 9:30.

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Holy Communion
Every fourth Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Service With a Smile
Every third Sunday at 9:30 AM for 40 minutes
Family Friendly Coffee
United Benefice Eucharist
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
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Clergy: The Revd Janet DELANEY
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9791
Archdeaconry: SHERBORNE (341)
Deanery: LYME BAY (34103)
Parish Legal Name: Loders (340088 34/88)
CofE Church Info: (634088 34/88)
Short URL: acny.uk/9791/
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This page was last updated on Sunday 19th July 2015
Loders: St Mary Magdalene : Main Street, On the main street through the village, at the Bridport end., Loders, Dorset, DT6 3RZ

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