Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester-on-Thames

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Dorchester-on-Thames is a small, picturesque village set amidst water meadows where the River Thame joins the River Thames, just 8 miles south of Oxford. It has one of the largest churches in Oxfordshire, which stands on the site of a Saxon cathedral built by St Birinus in the seventh century.

The Abbey ( is the parish church of the village and has been a site of worship for over 1300 years. Come and join us in worship and prayer.

Delve into the history of this ancient building and explore it for yourself. Feel the atmosphere created by the contrasting simplicity of the Norman walls and arches and the unparalleled C14 splendour of the east end. Simon Jenkins, in his book "England's 1000 Best Churches", gave the Abbey a 4-star rating. There is much to see and marvel at.

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Revd Sue Booys
The Rectory
Manor Farm Road
Oxon OX10 7HZ
(01865) 340007

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Holy Communion (BCP)
Book of Common Prayer service of Holy Communion, held in the St Birinus Chapel
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Morning Service
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Sung Eucharist
Every second and fourth Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1½ hours
Family Service
Every third Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Every third Sunday at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Resumes Sunday 18th September 2016
Taize @ 7
Every fourth Sunday at 7:00 PM for ¾ hour


Morning Prayer
Said service, in the St Birinus Chapel
Every Monday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour


Morning Prayer
Said service, in the St Birinus Chapel
Every Tuesday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour
Short Communion
Every second Tuesday at 10:15 AM for ½ hour
Community Coffee Morning
An opportunity for people of all ages to meet over coffee
Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM
Family Friendly Coffee


Morning Prayer
Said service, in the St Birinus Chapel
Every Thursday at 8:15 AM for ½ hour



Wheelchair accessible toilets

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings Floodlight

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Cafe / Restaurant
Church Open Daily 8am - 6pm or dusk if earlier
Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 6080
Built: 1140
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: ASTON & CUDDESDON (27402)
Benefice: Dorchester (27/153BJ)
Parish Legal Name: DORCHESTER (270108 27/108)
CofE Church Info: (627108 27/108)
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The current editor is: Hilarie Rogers

This page was last updated on Thursday 4th February 2016
Dorchester Abbey : High Street, Dorchester-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, OX10 7HH

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