St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth

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St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth
St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth from the Town Hall.jpg
50°43′24″N 1°52′51″W / 50.7232°N 1.8807°W / 50.7232; -1.8807Coordinates: 50°43′24″N 1°52′51″W / 50.7232°N 1.8807°W / 50.7232; -1.8807
DenominationChurch of England
WebsiteOfficial website of St Stephen's
DedicationSaint Stephen
ParishSt Peter with St Stephen
Vicar(s)The Revd. Dr. Ian Terry
Organist(s)Ian F Harrison

St Stephen's Church is an Anglican church in Bournemouth, Dorset (formerly in Hampshire). The liturgical life of the Church is rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. The Church has a noted Lady Chapel, and celebrates Marian masses, benediction and recitation of the Rosary for the Society of Mary. Devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham is also common.

The church is close to Meyrick Park.


Designed by architect John Loughborough Pearson, as a memorial to Alexander Morden Bennett, first vicar of St Peter's Church, Bournemouth. The church is constructed with Purbeck stone and Bath stone. Its nave was built from 1881 to 1883 and the chancel was built from 1896 to 1897. The tower was built from 1907 to 1908. It is a Grade I-listed building.[1]


  • 1881–1911 Fr Alexander Sykes Bennett
  • 1911–28 Fr George Philip Trevelyan
  • 1928–44 Fr Philip Harold Rogers
  • 1944–52 Fr Geoffrey Heald
  • 1952–58 Fr Francis John Michael Dean
  • 1958–62 Fr Charles Edward Burnett Neate
  • 1962–70 Fr George Percy Wilkins
  • 1970–73 Fr Anthony Douglas Caesar
  • 1974–83 Fr John David Corbett
  • 1983–87 Fr John Catlin
  • 1987–94 Fr Paul Hastrop
  • 1994–2012 Fr Robin Harger
  • 2009–present Fr Ian Terry (Rector)


The church has an organ by William Hill dating from 1898. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register. There is also a small 5 stop chamber organ dating from 1870. The specification of the chamber organ can also be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

List of organists[edit]

  • 1881–93 T.J.Baker
  • 1894–1930 Henry Holloway, D.Mus. FRCO
  • 1930–35 Percy Whitlock
  • 1936–66 Cyril Knight, FRCO,FLCM
  • 1967–75 Spencer Fackerell
  • 1976 Roger Hill
  • 1976–82 Cyril Knight
  • 1982–88 Ian Harrison, BA, FRCO, FTCL
  • 1988–94 Anthony Wood, ARCO
  • 1994– Ian Harrison


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST STEPHEN (1324756)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 July 2014.