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St Mary, Netherbury, Dorset

(50°47′32″N, 2°45′10″W)
SY 4703 9946
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Howard Austin Jones
01 August 2013

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Netherbury is a small village by the River Brit about two miles S of Beaminster. The church lies to the N of the village, but nothing of the 12thc building survives except the font. The present building consists of a rubble-stone and ashlar structure featuring a nave with mid 14thc N and S arcades, early 15thc N and S aisles, a 15thc W tower of three stages, a 15thc chancel with a N vestry, an organ chamber added to the N in 1894 and a S porch rebuilt in 1848. The only Romanesque sculpture surviving is the font.


The Domesday Survey records that the very large manor of ‘Niderberie’ valued £24.5 and belonged to the bishop of Salisbury. In 1086 Godfrey, Serlo of Burcy, Tezelin and William also held it. There is no mention of a church.





Sir Stephen Glynne, Notes on some Dorset Churches Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club, ed. by J. M. J. Fletcher, 45 (1923-4), 41-42.

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. I: West, London 1952, 170-172.

The Buildings of England: Dorset, London 2002, 303-304.