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The church of St Nicholas is a beautiful and historic church set deep in the Dorset countryside. It forms part of a benefice with Bradford Peverell, Frampton and Stratton, with much cooperation between the four parishes. The church is well supported by the community, with services of differing types for all age groups. A very warm welcome is extended to newcomers to the village and to visitors.

The major part of the church building dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, with the tower being the oldest part. The Sydling Clock is faceless, probably locally built, and dated 1593, which makes it one of the oldest in the country. The stained glass was mostly destroyed in Cromwell's time, leaving a glorious view from the East window up into the downs above the village.

The beautiful and well-tended churchyard featured in the film "Far from the Madding Crowd", and the fascinating gargoyles are much admired by visitors.

There is a thriving 'Friends of St Nicholas Church' organisation, raising much-needed funds for ongoing restoration work.

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Mrs Angela Shaw
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Sydling St Nicholas
(01300) 341593 (Churchwarden)

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Morning Prayer
A service of Morning Prayer according to Common Worship, led by a lay person.
No Morning Prayer on 1 December - instead a Benefice service for Advent Sunday at 18.30 at Stratton
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Praise and Worship
This is a relaxed and less formal service, with church members contributing music and prayers. It is designed to appeal to children as well as adults
Every second Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Holy Communion
Every fourth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship
Evening Prayer
A quiet, formal service without a sermon. Led by a lay person,
Every third Sunday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer


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A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9735
Built: 15th and 16th century
Style of worship: Central
Archdeaconry: SHERBORNE (341)
Deanery: DORCHESTER (34102)
Parish Legal Name: St. Nicholas, Sydling (340059 )
CofE Church Info: (634059 34/59)
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The current editor is: Angela Shaw

This page was last updated on Tuesday 9th May 2017
Sydling: St Nicholas : Church Lane, Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset, DT2 9PA

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