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Where in Dorset? July 2014 competition

PUBLISHED: 12:46 03 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:49 03 July 2014

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Martin Warwick walks around a ‘shady oasis with great trees and noisy rooks’

You’ve probably heard of the Castleman Trail and the Castleman Corkscrew, the famously meandering railway line which once ran around the Wimborne area. Well, our village is nowhere near it - but the man who promoted it lived in the rather grand Queen Anne house which is in our mystery village. The fine red brick house was actually built for George Chafin MP but I can’t tell you his occupation as this would give the game away, although game had quite a lot to do with it. Edward Castleman extended the house in 1912, shaping all of the corners to end up with a gloriously harmonious construction which Sir Frederick Treves said, in his 1914 book Highways and Byways in Dorset, was ‘a dignified building’ that ‘stands in a fine garden which borders on the churchyard’. Treves waxed quite lyrical about our village’s setting, saying the approaching lane ‘leads to a wooded hollow, to a shady oasis wherein is hidden the village with its great trees, its charming cottages and its noisy rooks’. They’re all still there. The churchyard has private gates leading directly to the house and everybody else approaches through a stone arched gateway standing well below the churchyard. The village still supports a busy village shop and a small village hall. Just past the shop, a footpath turns off the street at a wooden sign. In fact, there are footpaths and bridleways galore around here, making it an excellent area for enjoying a bracing walk through huge fields and ancient woods. The final clue, this village hosts a fete in June that is famous for its legendary cream teas featuring cream from the local farm. So, where are we?

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Send your answers to: Where in Dorset? (July), Dorset Magazine, Archant House, Babbage Road, Totnes, T09 5JA or enter via email competitions@dorsetmagazine.co.uk. The first correct answer selected at random on 31 July 2014 wins E25. May’s answer was Little Bredy, and the winner is Martin Buckland.

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