The people of Cerne Abbas would have initially used the nave of the Benedictine Abbey church, founded in 987AD, for their devotions. However, in about 1300 the monks built the foundations of the present church. The first vicar, Robert de Muleborn, was inducted in 1317.
A History of the Church has been written by the Society and is on public display in the church.
The Society has also produced a fully illustrated Guide to this lovely church. The Society has written a history of the village of Cerne Abbas and its most iconic symbol, the Giant.
This is also on public display in the church.
The Church is open every day during daylight hours. St Mary’s is an active church and there are Services on Sunday and also on Thursday at 10am. Visitors at these times are very welcome, either to join in or to wander around quietly.