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.

About this church

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).

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • Café in church

Other nearby churches

St Mary

Ghostly painted tales in a rural church.

St Mary

Dating from the 11th century, St Mary's has an interesting collection of stained glass, well worthy of a visit.

St Mary

Nestled at the bottom of a hill on the outskirts of the village, St Mary’s church, built of local heathstone is steeped in history.

Become a Friend of the National Churches Trust, for people who love church buildings!