Long Crichel

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Long Crichel
St Mary's Church, Long Crichel, Dorset - geograph.org.uk - 93764.jpg
St Mary's Church
Long Crichel is located in Dorset
Long Crichel
Long Crichel
Long Crichel shown within Dorset
Population 81 
OS grid reference ST977102
Civil parish
  • Long Crichel
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIMBORNE
Postcode district BH21
Dialling code 01258
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°53′28″N 2°02′02″W / 50.891°N 2.034°W / 50.891; -2.034Coordinates: 50°53′28″N 2°02′02″W / 50.891°N 2.034°W / 50.891; -2.034

Long Crichel is a small village and civil parish in east Dorset, England, situated on Cranborne Chase five miles north east of Blandford Forum. In 2001 it had a population of 81.

The village church is St Mary's Church, Long Crichel. The tower of the church dates from the 15th century, and the rest of the church was rebuilt in 1851.[1] It was declared redundant on 1 July 2003,[2] and was vested in the Friends of Friendless Churches during 2010.[3]

Long Critchel House was bought in 1945 by Edward Sackville-West, from 1962 the 5th Baron Sackville, the music critic Desmond Shawe-Taylor and art critic Eardley Knollys, who established "what in effect was a male salon, entertaining at the weekends a galaxy of friends from the worlds of books and music" in Long Crichel, including James Lees-Milne, a close friend of Knollys. By the mid-1960s Sackville, who died in 1965, and Knollys had been replaced by the literary critic Raymond Mortimer and Patrick Trevor-Roper.[4]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Long Crichel (1323488)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Diocese of Salisbury: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, p. 6, retrieved 10 September 2011 
  3. ^ New Vestings, Friends of Friendless Churches, archived from the original on 1 July 2011, retrieved 10 September 2011 
  4. ^ De-la-Noy, Michael. "West, Edward Charles Sackville-, fifth Baron Sackville (1901–1965)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, accessed 9 December 2009 - quote from here; Obituary of Trevor-Roper, The Independent, 4 May 2004

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