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St Mary Magdalene, Loders, Dorset

(50°44′45″N, 2°43′22″W)
SY 491 943
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
  • Howard Austin Jones
01 August 2013

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Only remnants of the N wall to the chancel of the 12thc church survive, together with a possible N doorway to the nave, and the font. The present building consists of a chancel, extended in the 13thc and rebuilt in the 15thc and 19thc; a 13thc nave; a late-14thc S porch and W tower; and an early 15thc S chapel with a 2-bay arcade into the nave.


The manor is noted as ‘Lodres’ in Domesday Book and was held by the king. There is no mention of a church.

Just to the N of the church was an alien Benedictine priory, a cell of Montebourg in the bishopric of Coutances, in Normandy. It was founded c.1106 and dissolved in 1411. Loders Court now stands on its site.


Exterior Features


Interior Features




Parish lore has it that the font was acquired from Powerstock church, about two miles to the NE.

On the history of the priory, see:



J Newman and N Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Dorset, New Haven and London 2002, 255-56.

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. I: West, 1952, 137-39.