Seaborough St John

Welcome to Seaborough St John

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The Church of St John is in the Parish of Seaborough in West Dorset. It is part of the Beaminster Area Team, whose ministry is provided by a Team Rector and Team Vicar looking after 14 churches within the Diocese of Salisbury in the Church of England. A service is held in the Church about once a month. Day to day, the church is managed by the churchwarden and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) of Seaborough. It is one of the smallest parishes in Dorset, both geographically and in terms of population.

Like all Church of England parish churches, funding to maintain and run the centuries old listed building, and to contribute to the ministry, comes entirely from within the parish and the endeavours of parishioners to raise money. Occasionally, we may win grants to contribute to major repair work. Unlike cathedrals, village churches receive no financial support from the Church Commissioners, the Government or any other outside agency.

Seaborough PCC rely on your generosity and thank you wholeheartedly for contributing.

The present church was enlarged, re-roofed and re-seated in 1882 when the chancel was added to a design by Crickmay of Weymouth. The Transept, built in 1729, stands on 16th century foundations. The segment on the North window-sill of the Transept is the head of a small column with typical 12th century chevron mouldings which was later converted for use as a piscina with drain. This would almost certainly have been the piscina used in the church from 1415 until the 1882 enlargement when a new one was taken into use. The entire building was re-roofed last in 1988; the Bell-cot being strengthened and repaired at the same time.

St John Seaborough is part of the Beaminster Area Team Ministry which covers 50 square miles of beautiful rural West Dorset. The team consists of 14 individual parishes plus the chapel in the grounds of Mapperton House. Our worship shows a wonderful variety of styles ranging from services from the Book of Common Prayer to the child-centred Messy Church, with music a vital part of our activities.

You can find more information about our services, events, activities, and contact details via our website:

Parish name

Seaborough: St John

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Salisbury Diocese




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