St John's Church Holdenhurst

Our Parish

Despite the close proximity of urban Bournemouth, the historic villages of Throop and Holdenhurst have retained their distinctive character and appearance.

Mentioned in the Domesday Book, the conservation areas consist of historic farmhouses, cottages and barns and the agricultural landscape which surrounds it. More modern dwellings have been built sympathetically to sit within the rural setting.

The water meadows and flood plains that border the River Stour are abundant with wildlife and the area remains a nature haven, popular for walking and renowned for fishing.

The Parish is a little ‘oasis’ of green countryside and of heritage value, and area that we seek to protect and preserve for all to enjoy and for generations to come.