Area Parishes

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.


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 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. Click for hire charges.


The village of Tolpuddle is situated 2 miles east of Puddletown and is considered the birth place of the Trade Unions.

In 2009 the village completed the setting up of a children’s play area and wildlife zone at Orchard Meadow near the centre of the village. This was the culmination of nearly 7 years work and the history of the site and future proposals can be followed on


The resurfacing of the basketball area and provision of a dedicated petanque area is now finished and the local community are planning to hold a Fun Sports Afternoon for all ages on Sunday 27th October at Orchard Meadow to celebrate the opening of the improved facilities. There will be basketball, petanque and other sports competitions, with coaching, prizes and free refreshments.


In Autumn 2012 we had a great turnout of local people helping to maintain Orchard Meadow. This year – be part of it.

On the following Sundays, we are intending to hold community volunteer sessions to help tidy up Orchard Meadow and ensure it remains looking good.

Sunday November 10th (Remembrance silence at 11am)

Sunday January 12th

Tasks will include vegetation clearance and trimming shrubs. No experience is needed – just bring suitable shoes and a pair of gardening gloves if you can.

10am to 12 noon – come along for all or part – hot drinks and cake provided.

For more information, contact Rob Brunt on 01305 848383 or Martin Cooke on 01305 848156.

Not only does the village play host to the Martyrs Rally on the third weekend of July each year, it also organises many other events throughout the year. These can be viewed on

The village hosts two Village Meetings a year, Chaired by Mr Nigel Pitman and Clerked by Mr Tony Gould.

Minutes of Village Meetings

2012: 23.08.12 04.10.12

2013: 07.02.13 24.10.13

2014: 29.05.14


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