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Sturminster Marshall

A large village situated in the Stour valley, it has a small core of older houses – several 18th century – but some dated earlier, and is one of the few villages in the area containing timber-framed cottages. The village has expanded rapidly in recent years as a result of its proximity to Poole and Bournemouth, resulting in a varied mix of building styles. Seen here early on a mid-August morning, well before the sun's light had reached its full strength.

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In the top row of pictures:

  • View towards the church from farmland east of the village (picture)
  • The River Stour, passes close to the church and eastern end of the village (picture)
  • Approaching Sturminster Marshall from across White Mill Bridge (picture)
  • In the heart of the village, early morning (picture)
  • The village Maypole. It is reputed that in 1100 the then Lord of the Manor – the Earl of Pembroke – granted permission for a fair to be held on this site, and it is then also when probably the first maypole was erected. The weather vane depicts a water rat – the village emblem (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Church of St Mary, originally built in the 12th century, largely re-built in the 15th, tower re-built in the 19th century (picture)
  • Holly Cottage, mid-18th century cottage, typical of several in the heart of the village (picture)
  • On the village green (picture)
  • Johnny's and Joe's cottages – standing opposite the present day school (picture)
  • Churchill Close – mid-20th century expansion of the village (picture)

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

directionShapwick, Blandford Forum

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directionBere Regis

More views of Dorset in August

Other sites on the web

The Dorset Page:   Sturminster Marshall – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Sturminster Marshall in this gallery were captured at high resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 028
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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