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Abbeys and Religious Buildings in Dorset

We are attempting to list all places where photographers can photograph Abbeys and Religious buildings within the UK, by county. This is the start of a list that will both grow over time and hopefully we will be able to add more columns or information. This same information is also available in alphabetical order.

Where the names in the first column is hyperlinked this links to a Location page with more information on this site and over time more of these will be added, we will be delighted if some of you would like to also produce location pages.

Codes Used on this page

Wiki=Wikipedia  EH=English Heritage  NT=National Trust  PEH=Pastscape  F.=Founded  Dis.=Dissolved

Condition: [A] First rate example; [B] Major Remains; [C] Identifiable Remains; [D] Modest Remains;
[E] Little Surviving


Alt. Name * [Formal Name / dedication]

Location Grid
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Communities & history [condition]

Abbotsbury Abbey [Church Use]

[The Abbey Church of Saint Peter]


Wiki * EH * EH(1) * PEH

Benedictine monks fd. c.1026; * dis. 1539 * much in private ownership, partly in parochial use [E]

Barlynch Priory

[The Priory Church of Saint Nicholas, Barlynch]



fd. 12thC; * dis. 1536 * mansion built on site * now in ownership of Working for Wildlife, 1969

Bindon Abbey



Wiki * PEH

Cistercian monks (from Little Bindon) * fd. 1172; * dis. 1539 * now in private ownership [D]

Blackmoor Priory Hermitage




Community of hermits who adopted rule of Austin Friars. F. 1300[?]

Bridport Friary




Carmelite Friars [E]

Bridport Priory




order uncertain 13thC

Cerne Abbey [Reused], * Cerne Abbas



Wiki * PEH

Benedictine monks 987 * remains now incorporated into private house [E]

Christchurch Priory [Church Use]

[The Priory Church of Christ, Christchurch]



secular canons -1150 * Augustinian Canons Regular 1150-1539 * on site of earlier church demolished 1094 * priory church now in parochial use

Cranborne Priory




Benedictine monks, dependent on Tewkesbury Abbey, Gloucestershire [D]

Dorchester Friary




Franciscan Friars

Forde Abbey


ST3505 * Dorset/Somerset border

Wiki * PEH

Cistercian monks 1146/8?, 1136-1539 * claustral remains now incorporated a mansion with public access [E]

Frampton Priory




Benedictine monks

Friar Mayne Preceptory

Freyer Mayne Preceptory



Knights Hospitaller

Gillingham Friary



British History Online


Holme Priory

East Holme Priory



Cluniac monks * fd. 1142 * parish church -1746 * mansion built on site of remains

Horton Priory




Benedictine monks, dependent on Sherborne Abbey

Little Bindon Abbey




Cistercian monks (from Forde) * fd. 1171-1172 * trns to Bindon 1172

Loders Priory



British History Online

Benedictine monks (under St Mary de Montebourg Abbey, Normandy) * Carthusian monks under the monastery of St Anne at Coventry 1399-1414 * Brigetine nuns (under Syon, Isleworth) 1414 [D]

Lulworth Abbey




Trappist monastery (from Val Sainte, Switzerland) 1795, Abbey 1813-1817 * returned to Melleray 1817

Milton Abbey [Reused], * Milton Abbas

[The Priory Church of Saint Michael and Saint Mary, Milton Abbas]


Wiki * PEH

Benedictine monks fd. 938/964; * dis. 1539 * remains incorporated into a mansion 1771 * now in use as a school without public access [C]

Muckleford Grange




Possible cell on estate granted to Tiron Abbey, Normandy, though estate was controlled by Andwell in Hampshire

Piddletrenthide Priory




Benedictine monks

Povington Priory





Shaftesbury Abbey



Wiki * PEH

Benedictine nuns * fd. c.888; * dis. 1539 * remains now within a walled garden [E]

Shapwick Grange





Sherborne Abbey [Reused]



Wiki * PEH

Benedictine monks * fd. 998; * dis. 1536 * church now in parochial use * monastic buildings now incorporated into a public school [C]

Spettisbury Priory




Augustinian Canons Regular

Spettisbury Priory




Benedictine nuns

Stour Provost Grange





Tarrant Abbey

Tarrant Crawford Abbey * Tarrant Kains Abbey * possibly 'Camesterne'



Cistercian nuns * fd. c.1100; * dis. 1540s * site now occupied by Abbey Farm, Abbey Hall may incorporate abbey remains [C]

Wareham Nunnery




Benedictine nuns, said to have been destroyed by the Danes 876

Wareham Priory




Benedictine, cell of Tire Abbey, Normandy, built on site of earlier nunnery (see immediately above)

West Lulworth Priory




Cistercian monks * trns to Bindon

Wilcheswood monastery




order and foundation uncertain

Wimborne Minster




Benedictine nuns * converted into a college of secular canons [C]

Winterborn Monkton Grange

Winterborn Grange





See Also:

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