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St Osmund, Evershot, Dorset

(50°50′18″N, 2°36′31″W)
ST 5724 0450
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
medieval St Osmund
now St Osmund
  • Howard Austin Jones
15 July 2013

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Very little remains of the fabric of the 12thc church, which comprised chancel, nave, possibly N and S transepts and a W tower. The tower-arch into the nave has plain responds from late in that century with chamfered imposts now supporting a 13thc pointed arch, and there are fragments from the 12thc chancel arch, already altered in the 14thc, the whole of which has been re-assembled at the E end of the N aisle. The present building consists of a chancel of c.1768 rebuilt in 15thc style in 1864 when an organ-loft was appended to its N side, a nave, a 15thc N transept rebuilt as an aisle, a similar earlier S transept and S porch both created 1852-3 in 15thc style and late 12thc W tower rebuilt and stair-turret attached in the 15thc and again in 1852-3 when the bell chamber and buttresses were added.


The settlement of Evershot is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. The church is also not mentioned in the 1291 Taxatio, as it was a chapel of ease for Froome St Quintin.


Interior Features

Interior Decoration




Loose Sculpture


Hutchins, J: The history and antiquities of the County of Dorset, 3rd ed., 1861-1870, Vol. 10, 648.

J Newman and N Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Dorset, Harmondsworth 1972, 202.

Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. I: West, Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, London 1952, 108.