Where in Dorset? February 2014 competition


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Martin Warwick visits an attractive village on the edge of an historic estate


- Credit: Archant

In a long line of Dorset villages bearing the name of their river, this village is the one nearest to its watery source. In its infant state, the river passes under a stone bridge in front of a massive stone-columned entrance gateway to a formerly grand house. Having started life in the hills at the head of the valley road, the river runs alongside the road and under little bridges in front of many of the houses in our mystery village. On the other side of the road, there’s a red telephone box and a row of brick and flint cottages set well back behind a long hedge. At the corner of the lane leading up to the church, there’s a thatched cottage with an old yellow enamel Automobile Association sign with the village’s name, distances from nearby villages and ‘London 102’.

On the road corner, the traditional Dorset signpost points to six villages or towns and the church. Near the sign, on the corner of the road which once led to the village school, is an attractive brick and flint house with Victorian glazed windows. The church stands well away from the road, close by the Manor House, approached by an impressive walled path or another path through the north part of the churchyard. The church has an unusual cross at the end of the chancel’s gable and, on the wall near the south porch, a stone memorial plaque proclaims ‘All Fowre be but One, Earthe Flesch Worme and Bone’. Your final clue, Josiah Wedgwood’s third son is buried here. So do you know which Dorset village we are in?

Send your answers to: Where in Dorset? (February), Dorset Magazine, Archant House, Babbage Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JA or enter via email competitions@dorsetmagazine.co.uk with the subject title Where in Dorset Feb. The first correct answer selected at random on 28 Febraury 2014 wins £25. December’s mystery place was Kingston, the winner is Rodney Herring.

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