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.
Sturminster Marshall is a large village with a pub, two shops including a chemist and a post office, a 1st school and several relics of past village life including the village stocks and maypole, the latter of which is still in use today.
Just outside of the village is a medieval, eight-arched bridge which crosses the River Stour at White Mill. The bridge is believed to be the oldest in Dorset, dating from 1170. White Mill (now owned by the National Trust) has been restored and is open to the public on selected days.
In the 1950s Bailey Gate in Sturminster Marshall was home to the largest cheese-making factory in the world; it received 52,000 gallons of milk daily and turned it into cheddar cheese. It is now home to a small industrial estate.
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.
If you would like to help maintain this village church for future generations, click the link below.
The Parish Code is 340634317
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
St Mary’s Sturminster Marshall Regular Services
1st Sunday in the month 9.15 Sung Eucharist with choir
2nd Sunday of the month 9.15 Sung Eucharist
3rd Sunday of the month 9.15 Morning Service
4th Sunday in the month 9.15 Family Communion
Every Wednesday 9.00 Said Communion
Come, let us bow down in worship,
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.