Area Parishes

Puddletown Area Parish Council covers and extensive area. The map below shows the boundaries of the four parishes.

PAPC Area 

Athelhampton

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Athelhampton like this:

ADMISTON, or Athelhampton, a parish in Dorchester district, Dorset; on the river Piddle, 5 miles NW of Moreton r. station, and 6 NE of Dorchester. Post town, Piddletown under Dorchester. Acres, 471. Real property, £1,026. Pop., 95. Houses, 13. This place is said to have been at one time the principal residence of the Kings of Wessex. The living is a rectory, united to the rectory of Burrelston, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £200. Patron, G. J. Wood, Esq. The church is perpendicular English, and has a tomb of Sir W. Martin.

Burleston

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Burleston like this:

BURLESTONE, a parish in Dorchester district, Dorset; on the river Piddle, 4 miles NNW of Moreton r. station, and 7 ENE of Dorchester. Post Town, Piddletown, under Dorchester. Acres, 374. Real property, £561. Pop., 45. Houses, 7. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Athelampstone, in the diocese of Salisbury.

Puddletown

Puddletown is situated 5 miles east of Dorchester in the River Piddle valley. The village has a population of 1,177 (2001), of which 30.3% are retired.

Puddletown was featured in the novel Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, where it was renamed as the village of Weatherbury.

To the western end of the village is a large recreation ground, containing a MUGA, kick wall, children’s play area and the sports pavilion. The pavilion is managed by a team of volunteers under the heading of PRIDE (Puddletown Recreation Ground Improvement & Development).

The village boasts a spacious Village Hall, centrally located within the village with easy access.

Booking information can be found at this link, click on “Halls Directory” for full details.

Tolpuddle

The village of Tolpuddle is situated 2 miles east of Puddletown and is considered the birthplace of the Trade Unions. The village is home to the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum run by the TUC, St John’s Church, The Martyrs Inn, a village hall and Orchard Meadow park.

The village hosts two Village Meetings a year, chaired by Mr Nigel Pitman and clerked by Mrs Julia Johnston. The most recent minutes can be viewed here.

More information about Tolpuddle can be found at www.tolpuddlevillage.co.uk.