Broadwindsor: St John the Baptist, Broadwindsor

  • About Us
  • Find Us
  • Contact Us
  • Services and Events
  • Features and Facilities
  • More Info

The church is situated in a high commanding position in the centre of the village and it is probable that there has been a Christian building on this site since Anglo-Saxon times, but the structural evidence in the present building takes us back as far as the llth century when it was probably a simple cruciform shape.

Towards the middle of the 12th c the south aisle was added. The pillars can be dated by their scalloped capitals and are considered Norman in style and, except for one, remain in their original positions. Around the year 1230 the north aisle was added and the pillars, which date from that period, are the 1st and 3rd, counting from the western end of church, and are Early English in style. During the 13th/14th centuries the tower was built at the west end and much of that original stonework survives and the chancel was extended eastwards doubling its original length. In the 15th century a porch was added to the south door which is itself 14th century.

For the next 300 years restoration work concentrated on interior furnishings, a double decker gallery being added in the late 17th or early 18th century. The upper gallery being reserved for the choir that consisted of any villagers who possessed musical instruments and could play them. In 1818 the ancient rood screen was removed.

In the middle of the 19c the fabric of the church was very dilapidated and the Revd. Soloman Caesar Malan set in motion a major restoration and rebuilding programme. The nave and aisles were extended eastwards thus shortening the chancel and a small vestry was added.

Parish boundary view Bird's eye view

This space is for a Google Map.

You are seeing this message instead because your browser has not loaded the program code to produce the map.

This could be for a variety of reasons, including:
  • Your browser does not support Javascript;
  • You have turned Javascript off
In addition we are aware of some problems with Internet Explorer which are currently being worked on. Firefox and Chrome show the map correctly.
Sally Burrows
(01308) 867293 (Churchwarden)
  • Regular Services
Printer friendly list of events


2nd and 4th Sunday
Every second Sunday at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
3rd Sunday
Every third Sunday at 3:30 PM
Family Friendly Common Worship


Stained Glass

Other information
Honorary curate: The Revd Elfrida Beatrice SAVIGEAR
Incumbent: The Revd David Frederick Beresford BALDWIN
Team Vicar: The Revd Joanna Beatrice NEARY
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9541
Built: C.11th
Archdeaconry: SHERBORNE (341)
Deanery: LYME BAY (34103)
Benefice: Beaminster Area (34/016CF)
Parish Legal Name: Broadwindsor:St. John the Baptist (340004 )
CofE Church Info: (634004 34/4)
Short URL:
QR Code:

The current editor is: Mandy Alford

This page was last updated on Saturday 31st December 2016
Broadwindsor: St John the Baptist , Broadwindsor, Dorset, DT8 3QF

Our Other Churches

Other Links

Our Web Site

Calendar of Events

About the Parish

Thinking of marrying here?

We'd love to hear from you!
Enquire about a wedding at this church

Update this church