My email address is webmaster at Please follow the link to see these details. Probably very small at first, it was later enlarged, and a few important Saxon features still survive (when you come into the Abbey, see the fine Saxon doorway in the NW corner). Sherborne Abbey remained a Benedictine house until 1539 when Abbot John Barnstaple and his sixteen fellow monks surrendered it to King Henry VIII. But do not walk down to look at it yet. The abbey church remains the parish church of the town, having been judiciously restored in recent years. When people look at the Abbey, they see different things. The Benedictine foundation at Sherborne ended in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539, when the abbey was suurendered to King Henry VIII. Various properties at Sherborne were bought from the king by Sir John Horsey who then sold the abbey to the people of Sherborne, who bought the building to be their parish church (as people of many other places did), which it still is. At the dissolution of the monastery (1536) the abbey and its lands were bought by Sir John Horsey, Knight, from whom the parishioners purchased the abbey church for the sum of £300, and since two churches were not now needed, that of All-Hallows, about which there had been so much contention, was forth with demolished. The See (or Diocese) of Sherborne was created in AD 705 when the great Diocese of Winchester was divided in two, and Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, was appointed as the first Bishop of the West Saxons. Look at the effigy of Sir John and his son. They will also be offered at our daily services. There is so much more to see in the Abbey that you really should purchase one of our excellent guide books. The spreadsheet upload feature is disabled during this preview version of Find a Grave. Are they trying to suggest a longer pedigree than perhaps was the case? Vol. Social distancing will be key to this re-opening and we ask everyone to play their part and adhere to our guidelines. Founded as a cathedral it became an Abbey in 1075 before finally becoming the parish church of Sherborne with the dissolution of the monasteries. Search for an exact birth/death year or select a range, before or after. Entry £9 per adult, accompanied by up to 4 free children (0-15). (1912). Aldhelm chose the place of the Scire-burne – the ‘clear stream – as the site for his seat, or cathedra. × Though Norman in plan, its perpendicular work is unusually fine, and the fan-vaulting of the choir absolutely unrivaled. In AD 705, when the Diocese of Winchester was divided in two, Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, was appointed as the first Bishop of the West Saxons and he chose Sherborne as the site for his seat. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. Located in Dorsetshire, England; founded in 998.Sherborne (scir-burne, clear brook) was originally the episcopal seat of the Bishop of Western Wessex, having been established as such by St. Aldhelm (705).The Benedictine Rule was introduced by Bishop Wulfsy III, who also governed the monastery as abbot, the monks forming his chapter. The Bow Chapel  with the second font is on the right. Sherborne Abbey. Their differences led to serious disturbances which were eventually settled through the intervention of the bishop. Please try again later. A system error has occurred. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. Narrow your results to famous, Non-Cemetery Burials, memorials with or without grave photos and more. This cemetery currently has no description. Tensions between the monks and the town came to a head in 1437 when the people decided they had had enough of having to go cap in hand to the Abbot every time they wanted to use the font for a baptism, and decided to erect a font of their own in All Hallows. To upload a spreadsheet, please use the old site. Alston, George Cyprian., Monday 12 October/Sherborne Pack Monday Cancelled, Explore Sherborne’s pubs with Barry Brock, Sherborne and District Gardeners’ Association, 2018 December : Sherborne Festive Shopping Day, 2017 December : Sherborne Festive Shopping Day, 2015 September: 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Sherborne, 2012 November: Planting the Queen’s Jubilee Copse, Please help support the mission of New Advent and get the full contents of this website as an instant download. "Sherborne Abbey." The conventual buildings, chiefly of the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries, were handed over to the school, which had existed there since 705, and which in 1550 was refounded, receiving a new charter from Edward VI. There is a problem with your email/password. These create the largest bell conglomeration in the world. The Digby Memorial, outside the Abbey, is a memorial to George Digby who provided a lot funding for the renovation work carried out during the 19th century. Ecclesiastical approbation. Earlier, in 998, St Wulfsin had ejected the community of secular canons who served the Cathedral, and invited monks of the Order of St Benedict to replace them. A parish church had previously been erected at the west end of the abbey nave, but there were continual quarrels between the parishioners and the monks, because this Church of All-Hallows had not the proper status of a parish church, and remained the property of the monastery. Two Saxon kings are buried here; for over 800 years the chanting of Benedictine monks filled the air. There is a book here in which you can write your own prayers. However, soon after the Norman Conquest the Bishop’s seat was moved to Old Sarum, and later Salisbury. For help using the website visit our help page or contact The original parish church which stood next to the abbey was demolished, though some foundations are still visible. This photo was not uploaded because this cemetery already has 20 photos, This photo was not uploaded because you have already uploaded 5 photos to this cemetery. (The Castle, Tearoom and Gift shop will remain closed). Contact information. This caused a riot, during which a burning arrow was shot into the east end of the Abbey, at that time full of wooden scaffolding for the rebuilding of the roof. If you have questions, please contact Sherborne Abbey is also known for its eight bells, creating a loud, melodic ringing throughout the town. 13. Emerging from the Bow Chapel, pass through the curtained archway to the south transept, sometimes known as the Digby Chapel. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, Sherborne Abbey evolved from Saxon cathedral to one of England’s most beautiful parish churches. In AD 705, when the Diocese of Winchester was divided in two, Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, was appointed as the first Bishop of the West Saxons and he chose Sherborne as the site for his seat. Sherborne Abbey - WikiMili, The Free Encycl Please reset your password. This account has been disabled. Move next to St Katherine’s Chapel which contains most of the Abbey’s surviving medieval glass, and the fine Leweston monument. A Tour of Sherborne Abbey – by the Vicar Revd Eric Wood. Walk slowly down the centre of the nave, looking up as much as possible. The editor of New Advent is Kevin Knight. Resend Activation Email. To the left and right of the West End the ‘joins’ can still be seen. You need a Find a Grave account to add things to this site. Relations between the monks and the people were not always good, which is why the best place to begin a visit to the Abbey is to walk round the outside to look up at the West End. The Abbey Tower contains the heaviest ring of 8 church bells in the world with a tenor of 46cwt and 5 lbs (just over 2 and 1/4 tons). based on information from your browser. Please enter at least 2 characters. Sir John Horsey bought some of the properties from the King. This is the earliest great fan-vaulting in England, and possibly the finest. In addition there are some exciting trails for children which are absolutely free. The quire is characterised by medieval misericords (a specific type of shelving under the chairs), the … To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. Dogs welcome on short leads. Photos larger than 8.0 MB will be reduced. It remains above all a place of prayer and of worship. Please try again later. It was here that the Church of All Hallows was built by the monks, actually joined to the Abbey itself.