An Introduction

 

Stourton Caundle is a beautiful Dorset village in the Blackmore Vale, midway between Sherborne and Sturminster Newton. It is at the heart of Hardy country, surrounded by rolling hills and wonderful views. There is a network of local footpaths for those wishing to explore a little further.

 

Entering from Sturminster Newton, a narrow lane, Cat Lane, winds over the brook and uphill to join the road from Bishops Caundle, before heading north and dipping down Golden Hill into the centre of the village. Here the main street broadens out, with a stream running alongside, the Trooper Inn on the right and Manor Farm opposite. Like most of the buildings in the village these are both built from the mellow local stone. There is a sprinkling of thatch although most of the houses and cottages have tile or slate roofs. Further north St Peterís Church stands on the right, watching over the village as it has done for some 800 years. The road then winds uphill to the Jubilee Oak crossroads and then onwards towards Stalbridge

 

About 400 people live here, with a healthy mix of young and old, established village families and new recruits. There are a variety of amenities, with a play area, the Church, village hall and of course the Trooper, our award winning pub selling quality real ales as well as mouth watering lunchtime meals and fish and chips on a Friday evening.

 

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photo: Richard Miles

 

'At Peace day, who but we should goo
To Caundle for an hour or two:
As gay a day as ever broke
Above the heads of Caundle voik,
Vor Peace, acome for all, did come
To them wii two new friends at hwome
. Zoo while we kept, wi nimble peace
The wold dun towir avore our feace
The air at last, begun to come
Wi drubbens of a beaten drum;
Ani then we heard the horns loud drouts
Play of a tuenis upper notes;
An I then agean a risen chearm
Vrom tongues of people in a zwarm;
Ani zoo at last, we stood among
The merry feaces oi the drong

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† William Barnesw