All Saints Chapel was built to serve Sturminster Newton’s Union Workhouse 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.

In June 2012 we were successful in buying the chapel and gained Planning Permission to build a small extension to give us a kitchen, store room, loo and disabled access.



My wonderful new feltmaking workshop is on the new mezzanine floor, high in the vaulted roof timbers of the chapel where the view of the glorious East window is truly inspiring.

Downstairs the arched side windows, crisply carved stonework and clean white walls form a perfect backdrop for displaying art work.

The raised altar dais is now a small gallery, showcasing work from local makers and artists – a tempting foretaste of the wonderful Handmade for Christmas at The Workhouse Chapel show that runs annually throughout November and December.

A massive woodburning stove is on standby to warm everything up just in case things get chilly.

In the new extension we now have a perfectly formed and fully equipped little kitchen and a loo.

Outside we have created a covered porch area and a wheelchair ramp which gives disabled access to the completely level ground floor area.


Please Click here to visit the Chapel website for more information