St Stephen's Church, Bournemouth

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St Stephen's Church is an Anglican church in Bournemouth, Dorset (formerly in Hampshire). The liturgical life of the Church is rooted in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. The Church has a noted Lady Chapel, and celebrates Marian masses, benediction and recitation of the Rosary for the Society of Mary. Devotion to Our Lady of Walsingham is also common. The church is close to Meyrick Park.


Designed by architect John Loughborough Pearson, as a memorial to Alexander Morden Bennett, first vicar of St Peter's Church, Bournemouth. The church is constructed with Purbeck stone and Bath stone. Its nave was built from 1881 to 1883 and the chancel was built from 1896 to 1897. The tower was built from 1907 to 1908. It is a Grade I-listed building.


1881–1911 Fr Alexander Sykes Bennett 1911–28 Fr George Philip Trevelyan 1928–44 Fr Philip Harold Rogers 1944–52 Fr Geoffrey Heald 1952–58 Fr Francis John Michael Dean 1958–62 Fr Charles Edward Burnett Neate 1962–70 Fr George Percy Wilkins 1970–73 Fr Anthony Douglas Caesar 1974–83 Fr John David Corbett 1983–87 Fr John Catlin 1987–94 Fr Paul Hastrop 1994–2012 Fr Robin Harger 2009–present Fr Ian Terry (Rector)


The church has an organ by William Hill dating from 1898. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register. There is also a small 5 stop chamber organ dating from 1870. The specification of the chamber organ can also be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.

List of organists

1881–93 T.J.Baker 1894–1930 Henry Holloway, D.Mus. FRCO 1930–35 Percy Whitlock 1936–66 Cyril Knight, FRCO,FLCM 1967–75 Spencer Fackerell 1976 Roger Hill 1976–82 Cyril Knight 1982–88 Ian Harrison, BA, FRCO, FTCL 1988–94 Anthony Wood, ARCO 1994– Ian Harrison
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