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St Kenelm, Hinton Parva, Dorset

(50°50′1″N, 1°59′44″W)
Hinton Parva
SU 004 038
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
  • Howard Austin Jones
03 Jun 2013

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The medieval church was completely rebuilt c.1860 but incorporates some re-used 12thc fragments, presumably from that church. It comprises a chancel, nave, N and S transepts and a S tower with spire over a porch.


The settlement of Hinton Parva is not recorded separately in the Domesday Book from Hinton Martell (which is recorded as having one church), much the same in the 1291 Taxatio. In 1831 it was said to be "a chapel to Wimborne-Minster, to which the inhabitants still pay 10s. per annum". Since Hinton Martell's rector was presented by the dean of Wimborne, it is likely Hinton Parva was set up as an early chapel of ease to Hinton Martell.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches

The church was formerly used by a school that occupied Gaunts House, but has now moved to Wimborne. The abandoned church is presently redundant and rapidly falling into disrepair.


Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. 1: West, London 1952, 31.

J Newman and N Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Dorset, Harmondsworth 1972, 229-230.