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St Peters - Church History

St Peter's is Dorchester's historic town-centre church. The present building dates back to 1454 and has associations with the writers Thomas Hardy and William Barnes, and historical figures such Denzil, Lord Holles; the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury; and John White, 'the founder of Massachusetts'.

You can view a short Guide and History of the Church.

There are more details about particular aspects of the history of St. Peter's Church on the following microsites:

1 The Reverend John White and his Legacy

2 The 1856 Restoration of St Peter's Church

3 Bells, bellringing, and the St Peter's Society of Church Bellringers

St Peters - Sunday Services

Every Sunday :

9am Communion - said according to the Book of Common Prayer
This service lasts approximately 40minutes including a short homily.

1030am Sung Eucharist
Service lasts just over an hour - refreshments available in church afterwards

Please see noticeboards or Pews News for details of variations from the above, e.g. on Occasional feast days or if there is a Choral Evensong - usually at 6.30pm.


St Peters - Weekday Services

There is a Said Eucharist service at 10.00am every Thursday followed by coffee in the hall. Further details are on the Diary Page.

St Peters - Church Access

On Sundays you should be able to find a space in the surrounding streets (North Square, High East Street, High West Street or Trinity Street) or at County Hall. At other times use the nearby town-centre car parks. Car parking on the street and in town centre car parks is subject to Council regulation. Please check carefully to ensure compliance and payment where necessary.

Disabled access.
Set down and pick up in the lay-by outside, in front of the County Museum. There are wheelchair ramps available at services and other events. Contact a churchwarden for help.

St Peters - Church Groups

Choir. Practice at 7.15 pm on some Fridays.

Bellringers. A ring of eight bells, tenor 21 cwt in E flat. Practice Mondays 7.30-9.00pm. Visitors, experienced ringers and those wishing to learn welcome. Details of the bells, Church Bell Ringing, and the St. Peter's Society of Change Ringers are here. Contact details for the Tower Captain are here.

Mothers' Union
Details of forthcoming meetings are here.

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