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St Martin's Church

Church Services

church_naveServices at St Martin's Church in Shipton Gorge:

  • First Sunday in month: Holy Communion (Order 1) - 11.00 a.m.
  • Second Sunday in month: Morning Prayer (BCP) - 9.30 a.m.
  • Third Sunday in month: Said Holy Communion (Order 1) - 9.30 a.m.
  • Fourth Sunday in month: Morning Worship - 11.00 a.m.;
    Evening Prayer (BCP) - 5.30 p.m.
  • Fifth Sunday in month: United Valley Service (see Bride Valley News for venue).

Please note: there will be no service of Morning Prayer on 12 February and no service of Morning Worship on 26 February.

The Reverend Canon Stephen Batty 01308 898799

CHURCHWARDEN: Position vacant. Please contact the Benefice Administrator on 01308 897695


Click here to see our 2014 Harvest Festival flower, fruit and vegetable arrangements.

Position vacant. Please contact the Benefice Administrator on 01308 897695

Events and Special Services 2017

(Further information about Events and Special Services will be added from time to time)

Friday May 5th at 7.30pm at St Martin's Church: Rossignol, a baroque music ensemble, will be performing music by Scarlatti, Locatelli and Besozzi. Tickets £10, including a glass of wine, available from Hugh King 01308 898511/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Proceeds towards church repairs.

Wednesday May 31st 3-5pm: come along to a fundraising cream tea in Shipton Gorge Village Hall which St Martin's is hosting.

August 5th: Village Fete: St Martin’s is running the cake stall at the fete. The church tower will be open to visitors to see the beautiful views. Teas will also be available in the church.

Special Services:

Harvest Festival: 1.10.17. at 5pm. Followed by supper.

Service for the Departed: 5.11.17 at 4pm. This is a quiet, reflective service with hymns . Candles are lit when names of the departed are read out. Refreshments served afterwards. N.B. There will be no morning service on this day.

Rememberance Day Service 12.11.17 at 9.30am.

Carol Service: 17.12.17. 5pm, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.


St Martin's Bells


(Contact: Linda Buck 01308 898278)

The tower now houses six bells; one is dated 1655. Recent history of the bells:- the tower, belfry and bells were restored and a treble added in 1911 at a cost of £189.19s.3d which was subscribed publicly and included the following generous gifts:-

Rev. W. Roper M.A.Ox, LRCP, LRCS Edin £105
The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Ilchester £25

In 1995 a most generous gift was received specifically for the addition of two light bells. These were cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry in early summer 1996. In July, the renovated ring of four were re-hung along with the two new bells   - all six being tuned into the major scale - the finished weights being:

Bell Cwt Qtrs Lbs
1 2 2 11
2 2 2 27
3 3 1 19
4 3 2 21
5 4 0 3
6 4 3 24

History of St Martin's

The church of St. Martin stands on a small plateau on the south side of Brook Street and it is visible from almost everywhere in the village. It retains its original early 15th century tower with an elaborate doorway, but church_view_1the remainder of the church was rebuilt in 1862 in what was described as a rather cold style. The architect at this time was John Hicks of Dorchester, for whom Thomas Hardy was then working. The contractor, from a village of masons, was one of the Swaffield family. The church has a 13th century font, which is unusual in that it has seven sides.