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St Andrew, Yetminster, Dorset

(50°53′38″N, 2°34′40″W)
ST 5945 1065
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Howard Austin Jones
23 May 2013

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Yetminster is a village about four miles SW of of Sherborne on the River Wriggle. The church lies to the S of the village, but the late 12thc structure no longer survives except for what appear to be the footings to the earlier chancel extending about two-thirds of the way along and beneath the present chancel, dated to c.1300. The remainder of the existing church comprises a nave, a N and a S aisle, a S porch and a W tower, all built between c.1460-70. The only surviving Romanesque sculpture is found on a base of a font located in the W wall of the S aisle.


The Domesday Survey records that in 1066 ‘Etiminstre’ was a possession of the cathedral of Salisbury, although no church is mentioned there. The manor valued £26. Yetminster was divided into four prebends: Yetminster Episcopi, held by the Bishop of Salisbury, and Yetminster Prima, Secunda and Ecclesia, the latter containing the church and parsonage, held by the canons of that cathedral.





Sir Stephen Glynne, 'Notes on some Dorset Churches' in Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club, 45 (1923-4), 73-4.

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, vol. I: West, London 1952, 270-2.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Dorset, London 2002, 504-5.