Where in Dorset? August 2016
16:01 20 July 2016
Martin Warwick explores a Dorset village which inspired poets and writers
This month’s mystery village will always be associated with three prodigiously talented brothers and a lady writer and journalist who lived here with her poetess partner in what their local vicar called ‘an alternative lifestyle’. In Highways and Byways of Dorset, Sir Frederick Treves said ‘in a hollow leading nowhere is this long-forgotten village in whose church is a remarkable font. Those who fail to be interested in the font must needs be impressed by this wild and romantic burial ground’.
The two ladies loved this ’long-forgotten village’ and the chalk ridge to the north with its five skyline barrows. They often walked up there to enjoy the views over the village to the cornfields and pastures of the downs beyond leading to the coast.
Approaching from the main road about a mile away, the road passes over the ridge with its five barrows, then, drawing nearer, it passes a white-painted inn named after a certain seafarer. Opposite the inn, was the cottage where the two ladies lived until they moved to Frome Vauchurch. It was destroyed by a stray German bomb in World War II. Next, after the generally-dry ford, comes the triangular village green with a stone trough in the middle. The lane west of the green leads to the church, where the ladies are now resting together, and the village hall built into the churchyard. Beyond the church is the home of one of the talented trio of brothers and, further along this road, after passing a hill which bears the village’s name, you arrive at a second village with a very similar name. So do you know where we are?
Send your answers to: Where in Dorset? (August), Dorset Magazine, Archant House, Babbage Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JA or you can enter via email firstname.lastname@example.org. The first correct answer selected at random on 31 August 2016 wins £25. June’s mystery place was King’s Stag. The winner is Bob Bunyar from Swanage.