We use cookies to improve your experience, some are essential for the operation of this site.

St Mary, Beaminster, Dorset

(50°48′30″N, 2°43′47″W)
ST 4867 0124
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
  • Howard Austin Jones
23 Jul 2013

Please use this link to cite this page - https://www.crsbi.ac.uk/view-item?i=9080.

Find out how to cite the CRSBI website here.

Feature Sets

Set slightly above the town, the present church stands on the site of a Norman building. Only the font survives from the 12thc. The earlier plan may have been cruciform, but the present building consists of a chancel, nave, and N and S aisles – all of the 15thc; a W tower and SW vestry of c.1503, a NE chapel of c.1505 and a N porch of c.1862.


In 1086, Beaminster (Beiminstre) was held by the Bishop of Salisbury as one of nine manors designated for the sustenance of the monks of Sherborne. There is no mention of a church.





Frances Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England’s Patron Saints, Vol. 3, London 1899, 45.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Dorset, New Haven and London 2002, 84-85.

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. I: West, 1952, 17-21.