St Bartholomew

People have been worshipping in this beautiful place for over a thousand years, the church dates back to the 13th century and there is a real feeling of tranquillity and spirituality here standing on the bank of the River Stour.

Shapwick, Dorset

Opening times

The church is open during daylight hours.


Church Street
DT11 9LA

In the beautiful village of Shapwick, with its thatched cottages and quiet lanes, and on the banks of the Stour, St Bartholomew's church is a gem.

Shapwick lies in the Hundred of Badbury. In 1238 it was recorded as Shepwyk, the smallest of the four Manors in East Dorset.

St Bartholomew’s church is of Norman 12th century date, with a square tower and restored over the centuries. It has a peal of three bells, one from 1570.

The north chapel has a lovely Norman arch. The font is very worn, as are the pews. There is a 12th century font with 19th century cover.

The church contains monumental brasses to Mary Oke (1440), whose house still stands on the Kingston Lacy estate, and Richard Chernok (1538).

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Captivating architecture

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Car park at church

  • Café in church

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Church of England

  • Repair Grant, £5,000, 2009

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

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