Iwerne Valley Benefice

Celebrating Gods love in beautiful North Dorset...

ST MARY'S IWERNE MINSTER DT11 8NF

St Mary's Iwerne Minster

We offer a variety of worship services and we are always pleased to welcome visitors and
new-comers.  To find out more about our historic church please follow this link or go to this  map to find us. 

 Sunday Worship

1st Sunday

9.30am   
11.00am

Matins 
Holy Communion

2nd Sunday

11.00am

 Holy Communion

3rd Sunday

8.00am

 Holy Communion (BCP)

 

11.00an

 Holy Communion

4th Sunday

11.00am

 Family Service

5th Sunday

10.00am

 Benefice Service

 

 

 

In additional to our Sunday  Worship

 

 

 


 

 

 

Wednesday

 9.00am

 

 Morning Prayer


 

 

 

Our Churchwardens are:- Mr David Parkhouse 01747 812603 and Mr Richard Hood 01747 812772

LPA's:-  Jenny Parkhouse and Linda Jones, details available from the office 01258 861576 or churchwardens


 



ST MARY'S CHURCH, IWERNE MINSTER

In 956AD a charter placed Iwerne and its five churches under the jurisdiction of the Abbess of Shaftesbury.  Following the Norman Conquest, the Saxon church in Iwerne was pulled down, and work started on the present building around 1100AD.

Hutchings wrote of the spire in his History of Dorse: "Of the three medieval stone spires remaining it is now the only remarkable one in the County".  This ribbed spire is 60feet high, but it was more than halved in height during the Victorian period.  The 14th century tower beneath it has a chiming clock made in 1690.  The magnificent Norman archade, north aise and chapel provide clear markers of the church's ancestry, while most of the windows are 14th century; as is the chancel, which replaced an earlier one and is attributed to William of Wykeham.

St Mary's contains some striking stained glass windows, notably that at the East End above the alter, which was designed by Christopher Whall and dedicated in 1920.Organ

Other remarkable featers include the fine organ loft and Walker organ, situated high above the nave in the West End, and the six bells in the belfry in the West Tower.  These date from 1609, two from 1618, 1768 and 1904, while the oldest is one of the very few in the Country from pre-Reformation days and dates from 1310.

Visitors are always warmly welcomed to attend services at St Mary's or to visit at their own convenience.  They will find a booklet about the church and the village inside.