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Sturminster Newton

A small market town on the south-eastern side of the Blackmore Vale, surrounded on three sides by the River Stour. Like several Dorset villages and towns it too had a disastrous fire – in 1729 (Blandford and Wareham, amongst others, suffered similar calamities) leading to many of the buildings around the centre being re-built and hence being of a similar age. William Barnes, the Dorset poet, was born near Sturminster Newton where he had both his schooling and first job.

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In the top row of pictures:

  • The Mill, Sturminster Newton, 17th and 18th century (picture)
  • 17th century bridge across the River Stour (picture)
  • Warning of Deportation, to be found on all county bridges (picture)
  • Chuch of St Mary, a good example of the use of the local Greensand stone (picture)
  • Backstreets of 'Stur' (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • The old county police station (picture)
  • One of several inns in the town (picture)
  • The main street, remains of market cross on right (picture)
  • Looking in the opposite direction past the market cross (picture)
  • Heading down towards the Stour from the centre of Stur (picture)

See also photos: cheese making demonstration, flooding of the Stour

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

directionHinton St Mary, Marnhull

directionBlandford Forum

directionThe Caundles

More views of Dorset in July

Other sites on the web

The Cheese Festival:   annual festival in Sturminster Newton, site includes a short history of cheese making

The Dorset Page:   Sturminster Newton – 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 Newton in this gallery were captured at medium resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 084
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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