Did you know?

Sturminster Newton is situated at a historic fording point on the Stour. The ford was replaced in the 16th century with a six-arch stone bridge. A 19th-century plaque affixed to the stonework states that anyone damaging the bridge would be transported to Australia as a felon.

Thomas Hardy lived in Sturminster Newton from 1876 to 1878 after he married Emma Gifford. He said that his home was ‘idyllic’ and described his years there as being among the happiest of his life. The house is now a private home.

Sturminster Mill dates from the 17th century but a mill was in the same spot in the Domesday survey. It’s one of several that have dominated the banks of the Stour over the centuries. It was once a place for hiding contraband liquor and is now a working tourist attraction.

Forthcoming Community events

Stourview Hydrotherapy Pool

Sturminster Newton’s ‘Stourview’ hydrotherapy pool will be reopened in late spring 2019 for the whole community to enjoy. The pool will be operated by Neptune Aquatic Solutions, a not-for-profit social enterprise who are passionate about making the therapeutic benefits of warm water available to everyone. We’ll be open to the public, offering sessions for the tiniest of tots, families, to the elderly, disabled and those with additional needs. Look out for news of our special open day coming soon!

The Literary Festival continues apace (remember June 15th)

We continue to add new activities and attractions.

Tim Laycock who is to give his personal version of Tess of the D’Urbevilles in 20 minutes. Rather excellently the venue is the Swan. Exact time TBA but in the afternoon.

Mr David Fox will be holding a talk in Dorset dialect used in William Barnes time in the Exchange.

We are still appealing for volunteers to help on the day. There is a variety of jobs to be done. Stewarding people in the town, helping to manage traffic, perhaps giving short talks on the Town’s literary history to visitors?  If you would like to know more or even volunteer contact Mike Woods on 07968 213144 or email Michaela Knowles on [email protected]

Quick facts about our town

Sturminster highlights

Oxfords Bakery, run by fourth generation baker Steve Oxford, uses equipment dating back to the early 1900s. Its a traditional artisan bakery, with a very modern owner, and a town highlight.

Hansons is one of the largest craft and fabric warehouses in the South of England. With over 20 000 rolls of fabric, as well as sewing machines, wools, patterns and a myriad of craft utensils, its no surprise it attracts loyal customers from far and wide.

Or visit Harts of Stur – owned and run by Philip Hart and now nearly 100 years old. It’s a cookware specialist but sells everything you ever need for your home. From tiny picture screws to Christmas lights, coffee pots and wellington boots. Its a local treasure.

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