Where in Dorset? January 2014 competition

PUBLISHED: 11:02 03 January 2014 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 January 2014


Martin Warwick explores a Dorset village cut off from the seaside by Beeching

Wikipedia describes this month’s village as situated in a river valley and with a population of 292 in 2001. Like its two neighbouring villages, the first half of its title was taken from the river’s original name, which is now known as something else. The second part of the village’s name, which was Latinised by the monks of Abbotsbury Abbey, suggests a distinct preoccupation with ham and pies.

The village’s bright red telephone box stands by a wooden bench facing the church on the corner, high above the road. This church is dedicated to two saints and has a very unusual stained-glass window sundial, dedicated on 31 October 1999, for the new Millennium.

Just past the turning, leading to the local nature reserve, stood the village pub. Sadly, it closed down some years ago.

Your final clue is to do with the railway. In 1862, this little village acquired its own railway station but, in common with many other Dorset villages, it lost its connection to the main line, which used to run all the way to the seaside, in 1975. Parts of the old railway have found new life as footpaths and bridleways, and ambitious plans are in progress to turn the whole route into a Dorset Trailway.

So do you know what village we are in?

Send your answers to: Where in Dorset? (January), Dorset Magazine, Archant House, Babbage Road, Totnes, TQ9 5JA or enter via competitions@dorsetmagazine.co.uk.

The first correct answer selected at random on 31 January 2014 wins £25. November’s mystery place was Owermoigne and the winner is Miss H Porter from Poole.

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