Weddings, Blessings and Christenings in a Rural Church

St Michaels is a privately owned Grade II listed church in the parish of Maiden Newton and the Valleys and is available for wedding blessings, renewal of wedding vows, christenings and other services. Contact us for details.

Tucked away in the centre of West Compton, it’s accessed via a secluded footpath creating the illusion that you are going back in time as you ascend.

Room for 120 Guests

The main body of the church can seat 100 guests and the vestry can seat a further 20.  If the vestry is not required, it can be separated from the rest of the church by closing the large wooden folding doors and creating a more intimate atmosphere.

The church is lit by original oil lamps now converted to electricity, but candles can also be used for that special ambience.  It is up to you how you wish to decorate the church, you may use flowers, rose petals, ribbon, etc anything that is suitable for the type of service you wish to hold, but please bear in mind that the building is listed.

There is an electric organ in the church and we can assist you with booking a local organists.

Wedding Blessings

Full wedding services are limited to residents of, or those that have a strong connection with West Compton, but a wedding blessing is available to everyone. Read more about blessings.

St Michaels Church Refurbishment

church bell

The Church bell (dated 1665) shortly before refurbishment.

Following on from a hugely successful Vintage Country Fayre held in July 2011 to raise money to refurbish the church, work started in earnest in August 2011.  The main areas of damaged external stonework have been repaired and the end window has had new stone carved and is in the process of being put back together.

The refurbishment will be ongoing for the foreseeable future and various events are planed to continue to raise money for the project.  A list of these events can be found on the News and Events page.


This pretty Dorset church was rebuilt around the mid 1800’s in the typical Gothic style that was popular at that time.  It replaced an earlier 13 century wooden church which had been destroyed by fire.  The charming church has a simple elegant interior, with stone decoration delicately highlighted in soft colours to match the stained glass windows.  The stone font was one of the items saved from the earlier building and dates from the 13th century.  The fine old pulpit and alter rail date from the 1800’s and the bell which can be rung before a service is dated 1665.


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