The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin at Sherborne in the English county of Dorset, is usually called Sherborne Abbey. It has been a Saxon cathedral (705–1075), a Benedictine abbey (998–1539), and now, a parish church.Before you head to Sherborne, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Sherborne trip itinerary planning site , to make sure you see all that Sherborne has to offer, including Sherborne Abbey.
CathedralThere may have been a Celtic Christian church called 'Lanprobi' at the site, and Kenwalc or Cenwalh, King of the West Saxons is believed to be one of its founders.
When the Saxon Diocese of Sherborne was founded in 705 by King Ine of Wessex, he set Aldhelm as first Bishop of the see of Western Wessex, with his seat at Sherborne. Aldhelm was the first of twenty-seven Bishops of Sherborne.
AbbeyThe twentieth bishop was Wulfsige III (or St. Wulfsin). In 998 he established a Benedictine abbey at Sherborne and became its first abbot. In 1075 the bishopric of Sherborne was transferred to Old Sarum, so Sherborne remained an abbey church but was no longer a cathedral. The bishop (in Old Sarum) remained the nominal head of the abbey until 1122, when Roger de Caen, Bishop of Salisbury, made the abbey independent. Known Abbots include: Wulfsige III, 998; the first abbot and founder Bishop Alfwold, c1050 Clemont, c1165 Robert Bruyning, 1385-1415 John Barnstaple, 1539
Sherborne Abbey Reviews
What a surprise! I was referred to the see the Abbey by an older couple who sat next to me at dinner. Since my first meeting that day was not til 9:00 a.m. I stopped by the Abbey and was amazed at the... more »
A magnificent abbey church. Brilliant historical site which is still the centre of worship for the community more »
Only visited twice, each time has been a peaceful, sunlit, illuminating experience. To think that there had been a religious presence here since the year 705. As I said, illuminating. Also the burial place of two kings of pre-England. Try it, you will be rewarded. Nice town, too.
The Abbey is a lovely place to visit. But I am sad to say it was a sad occasion for me ,as it was the occasion of my big sister's funeral. I can say the Abbey staff were most welcoming and kind to my family .it also a face where my late sister and her family's place of worship.
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