St Edwold's Church, Stockwood

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St Edwold's Church
Stockwood Church.JPG
Location Stockwood, Dorset, England
Coordinates 50°51′37″N 2°35′01″W / 50.86028°N 2.58361°W / 50.86028; -2.58361Coordinates: 50°51′37″N 2°35′01″W / 50.86028°N 2.58361°W / 50.86028; -2.58361
Built 15th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Church of St Edwold
Designated 31 July 1961[1]
Reference no. 105877
St Edwold's Church, Stockwood is located in Dorset
St Edwold's Church, Stockwood
Location of St Edwold's Church in Dorset

St Edwold's Church in Stockwood, Dorset, England was rebuilt in the 15th century. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building,[1] and is a redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] It was declared redundant on 23 January 1959, and was vested in the Trust on 1 March 1972.[3]

St Edwold’s Church is often described as Dorset's smallest.[4] The church sits next to a farmhouse directly under the wooded heights of Bubb Down. It is a single-celled building. The porch has the date "1636" inscribed, reflecting the fact that the church was rebuilt to some extent in the seventeenth century when a bell turret was also installed.[2] However, John Newman and Nikolaus Pevsner in their Buildings of England volume describe it as "Perp, with Henry VIII side windows and a three-light E window with panel tracery," and also refer to the "delightfully naive bell-turret, round, with a cap on four stumpy columns and a big grotesque face."[5]

Inside, the church is very plainly furnished. The dedication to St Edwold (9th century) is unique in Dorset. Edwold was the brother of St Edmund the Martyr, King of East Anglia, and he lived as a recluse at nearby Cerne after his sibling’s death.[6] It is not entirely clear why Stockwood church is dedicated to Edwold, but Kenneth Smith's guidebook suggests that he may have also had a cell here as well as at Cerne.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Historic England, "Parish Church of St Edwold, Stockwood (1155008)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 30 October 2013 
  2. ^ a b St Edwold's Church, Stockwood, Dorset, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 2 April 2011 
  3. ^ Diocese of Salisbury: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, pp. 9–10, retrieved 2 April 2011 
  4. ^ Kinross, John (2003). Discovering England's smallest churches. London: Wiedenfeld & Nicholson. pp. 39–40. ISBN 1-84212-728-4. 
  5. ^ Newman, John; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1972). The Buildings of England: Dorset. Harmondsworth: Penguin. p. 399. ISBN 0-14-071044-2. 
  6. ^ "St Edwold". Find a grave. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Smith, Kenneth (1995). St. Edwold's Church, Stockwood, Dorset. London: Churches Conservation Trust.