Welcome to the Workhouse Chapel

The Workhouse Chapel is a beautiful Grade 2 listed building which has been lovingly renovated and extended as the studio of local feltmaker, Rose Hatcher.
Her workshop is situated up in the vaulted timbers of the roof on the mezzanine floor, leaving the body of the chapel free to be used for exhibitions and courses.



All Saints Chapel was built to serve Sturminster Newton’s Union Poorhouse in 1891 on land owned by General Pitt Rivers of Hinton St Mary, with money donated by Mr Montague Williams of Woolland House. Mr Williams died before the building was complete and in 1898 his son, Scott Williams had the beautiful East window installed in his father’s memory. It remained in use as a place of worship until August 1969, when the land reverted to the Rivers Estate, from whom it was acquired by Dorset County Council.

The Chapel remained the property of DCC, being used as Sturminster’s Museum a few years, until 2012 when it was sold into private ownership.



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