Church of England Diocese of Salisbury Godmanstone

All Saints Church, Nether Cerne (DT2 7AJ)

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">All Saints Church at Nether Cerne lies in the grounds of Nether Cerne Manor, and is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust. Services are held there normally once a year (at Epiphany, on or near 6th January).</span>

The parish was once part of the endowment of Cerne Abbey and was served by its Benedictine monks until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. After that it was a ‘perpetual curacy’ served by various other parishes until services ceased in 1968. It was finally declared redundant in 1971 and came to the Redundant Churches Fund in 1973.

The nave and chancel are one and together with the south chapel originate from the late 13th century. Along with many Dorset towers, this one was also built late in the 15th century, although it differs from most in being adorned by angels rather than gargoyles. In 1876 the whole building was restored. The Purbeck stone font is Norman and has a fluted and ribbed cauldron bowl.

In the floor there is a slab in memory of John Dammer who died in 1685. He is thought to have been the great-grandfather of the first Lord Milton who was responsible for building the mansion house at Milton Abbey.

Bells

Three; Treble by W. Warre, 16-7; 2nd and Tenor from Salisbury foundry, 15th century, incscribed "Sancta Anna ora pro nobis" and "Ave plena gratia".

Visitors

There is something about this church which leaves a huge impression on people.  Here are some links to their stories:

The Giant and the Sun

Alan Frost Photography