Services

Shillingstone Church has services approximately once per month. When there is no service at Shillingstone there is normally a service elsewhere in the benefice. Please check our events page for further details.

Visiting

Shillingstone Church is open from 9am-4pm everyday for visitors and/or private prayer.

History

This is a fascinating and beautiful Grade 1 listed church. The Doomsday Book records a Norman Lord Schelin as holding the Manor of Ocforde. This is why the village was known originally as Shilling Okeford. If he founded the “new” church it would place the origins of the current building at around 1090 AD. 

The church is surrounded by fields on three sides which were the probable site of the original village abandoned after the Black Death in the mid C14, hence the siting of the church outside the bulk of today’s village. The base of a C14/15 preaching cross is located in the churchyard. 

The medieval church underwent a significant increase in size with the construction in 1888 of the north aisle and chapel north arcade and north aisle by F. W. Hunt and probably later the vestry. A number of tiny C12 window remain high up in the walls of the nave.

The chancel and nave have very attractive painted ribbed barrel roofs. A restoration in 1902 had a significant impact on the church – the old choir stalls were replaced as were all the medieval doors. The ancient stone staircase to the rood loft was removed, much of the north wall of the chancel was replaced by a wide arch where the organ is now sited.

There are some ancient Saxon artefacts in the church as well as a 13th century font and a 17th century pulpit.

For the parish safeguarding policy and safeguarding officer contact details click here.

CHURCHYARD NEWSLETTER

For the latest update on all things churchyard related, here’s our latest newsletterr: newsletter no 4 public

Shillingstone Church Roof Appeal

Thanks to the immense generosity of donors and grant funders we have been able to reroof the North Aisle which collapsed in Nov 22. All the interior damage caused by water has been restored.

Before

After

All the roofs of the church need replacement due to their age. The Chancel Roof has now started leaking and is our next priority. It is a little gem with its attractive tile banding, and inside a most beautiful and unusual ceiling that we treasure, a vision of the heavens.

Ideally we would have this work done during the coming year.

We will continue our appeal, our efforts to fundraise and our applications for grants.

If you wish to donate please see the links below. We will be producing a new leaflet but the current only, though now out-of-date, still contains the correct information about who to contact and how to make a financial contribution.

Chancel Ceiling

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Click the video link below to see a YouTube video of the church. https://youtu.be/G8OdUrOD_cI

Shillingstone Parochial Church Council — Registered Charity No 1207014

LOCATION AND VISITOR INFO

  • Open during daylight hours (Wed/Sun)

  • Car parking (wheel chair accessible)

  • Children’s area

  • Refreshment area

  • History guide

  • Wildlife friendly church

  • Fabulous views of Hambledon Hill

CONTACTS

Churchwarden

Mrs. Lesley Gasson
01258 861690

Church enquiries

Mrs. Anne Powell
01258 861397

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