The name 'Sturminster' means 'large church on the river Stour' and, as such, Sturminster Marshall is a village and civil parish, situated on the River Stour between Blandford Forum and Poole, four miles west of Wimborne.
The word 'Marshall' was added when the village was gifted to William Marshall, Prince Regent of England and a principal signatory of the Magna Carta.
The church community
We have a service at St Mary’s nearly every Sunday at 9.15am. Usually this is Holy Communion but on the third Sunday in the month we have a service of the word with specific focus on including children and families.
We have a weekly celebration of Holy Communion at 9am each Wednesday, which is a beautifully quiet and contemplative service, and we also have a strong musical tradition, with a choir and Sung Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month.
Our church is open every day, please do come in and enjoy the stillness and peace of St Mary’s.
The first church was built in Norman times, during the 13th and 14th century additions and improvements were made. There was little further work until 1802 when the tower fell down and was rebuilt. A restoration took place in 1859-60.
You can find us at the following address: St Mary's Church, Sturminster Marshall BH21 4BU