Church of England Diocese of Salisbury Stinsford


The church is open every day from 9.00 hours to 18.00 hours.

Getting here

Our small village church is on the site that has had a christian place of worship since the days of the Anglo-Saxons. 
The shape and dimensions of our church changed in the 13C and 14C with the addition of the aisles. As a pre-reformation church a rood screen once stood in front of the fine chancel arch, and a still-extant hagioscope on its south side housed a circular staircase which led to the rood loft.
The chancel roof is a good speciman of 16th century oak roofing, though the wagonroof in the nave did not survive the church's extensive 19th century restorations. In 1843 the major part of the west gallery was removed but following a public appeal in 1984 to restore the gallery, and an endowment in 1990 by the American scholar Richard Little Purdy in memory of the life and work of Florence Emily Hardy a new West Gallery was built. A new 'Chair Organ' was built and placed in the gallery in 1996. This now sings out to remind us the the former musicians "choir".
Thomas Hardy's heart is buried here, and his tombstone also contains the mortal remains of his two wives, together with other family tombstones are on the left of the path leading to the Church. The Church is the 'Mellstock Church' so lovingly described in 'Under the Greenwood Tree'. The tombstone of the former Poet Laureate, Cecil Day Lewis stands in the same line.

We have a new Incumbent
We are pleased to annouce that the Rev'd Mark Phillips has been licensed, with effect from 3rd October 2016,  as the vicar of the benefice of Charminster and Stinsford and Priest in Charge of the Chalk Stream Benefice which includes Bradford Peverill, Stratton, Frampton and Sydling St. Nicholas. The Benefices of Charminster and Stinsford merge with the Chal;k Stream on 11th July 2017, the service taking place at Bradford Peverill Parish Church at 7.00 p.m. and will be led by the Bishop of Sherborne.

He is joined by his wife Clare and their dog.His first service at Saint Michaels was held on 9th October 2016. 

He is ably assisted by Asssociate Priest the Rev'd Pene Kennedy and has the assistance of Associate Ministers, the Rev'd Dr. Rob van der Hart and the Rev'd Dr. Hugh Willis.

Church Lane

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