The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Netherbury

King Edgar (958-974) is said to have given Netherburie to the See of Sherborne. In the Domesday Book (1086) Niderberie belonged to the Bishopric of Sarum.

It was once one of the largest parishes in Dorset, as it included Melplash till 1857 and Beaminster till 1849, and Mapperton was formerly attached.

The first vicar known was William de Vicumbe, who occurs 1295. The present church is two or three generations later.

The Tower and Chancel are 15thC; the Font late 12thC. and the Piscina 13thC.  The Nave has 14thC. arcades north and south.

The Parish Church is part of the Beaminster Team Churches

Church Services at Netherbury:

1st Sunday 8.00 am Communion BCP
2nd Sunday 6.30 pm Evensong BCP
3rd Sunday 9.30 am Netherbury Open Worship
4th Sunday 9.30 am Sung Family Communion

On 5th Sundays there is one Team Service. See Team News or Notice on Church Gates for details. The Team website Services page has a full rota of all services each month in the Beaminster area

Children’s Church
11 am in the Village Hall, 1st & 2nd Sundays.

There is more information on the history of the church on the Beaminster Area Team Ministry website under St. Mary Netherbury.

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