Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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St Mary Magdalene's Church, Sherborne
St Mary Magdalene's Church,
Sherborne Park,
Sherborne, Gloucestershire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 13th century, and we understand it is still open.

The original church of Sherborne is understood to date back to the late 13th to early 14th century, but the present church owes its appearance largely to a rebuilding by Anthony Salvin, for the 2nd Lord Sherborne, in the mid-nineteenth century. House and church are closely connected, by a corridor which provided exclusive access to the church for the Lords of Sherborne, the DUTTON family.

There are a large number of memorials inside the church commemorating the family. Their association with the manor of Sherborne extends over many years, traceable back as far as possibly the reign of Henry VIII, when a Thomas Dutton may have been living in a 'house called Sherborne'. William Dutton (d.1618) was sheriff of Gloucestershire; he may also have been the William Dutton who first laid out Sherborne Park towards the end of the 16th century. His son John Dutton (d.1657) was a member of Parliament and deputy lieutenant of the county. He became a colonel in the Royalist army, and during the Commonwealth period, an associate of Cromwell. James Dutton (d.1820), created Lord Sherborne in 1784, also represented the county in Parliament.

During the 1960s, Sherborne House was "Sherborne School", a preparatory School for boys; but in 1982, the house was converted into flats. The surrounding parkland is however open to the public, and belongs to the National Trust. [Sources: the British Listed Buildings website, and the Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 6: Slaughter hundred, and the upper divisions of Tewkesbury and Westminster hundreds (1965), pp.120-127 (Sherborne)]


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SP1688614723. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Sherborne, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 30 Dec 2014 at 12:54.

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This Report was created 9 Aug 2022 - 21:57:39 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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