A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND PLAY

A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND PLAY

AT THE HEART OF THE BLACKMORE VALE

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.

The recently revived White Hart is an old coaching Inn with a  date of 1708 on its front wall Although it may be even older. In 1729 a fire tore through Sturminster leaving two buildings standing, the White Hart and St Mary’s Church. The Inn is reputedly haunted. One ghost is a woman in victorian clothing who walks the ground floor and bar area, some say cleaning! now under new management it has quickly established itself as a friendly and very traditional public house with music and food.

A fifteenth century medieval bridge with six arches guards the southern entrance to Sturminster. Half way across it bears the threat of ‘Transportation for life’ for anyone who vandalises it. The ancient bridge has stood the test of time more recently surviving numerous car crashes into its ancient walls. Thomas Hardy famously wrote about the bridge in his poem “On Sturminster Bridge”

The Charity shops are coming out of lockdown

It’s official. The Community Chest is going to reopen on 20th July. Cheryl and her band volunteers are getting the shop ready for trading. They will be holding donation days before the 20th and will announce these as soon as they are set. On those days ALL donations are to be handed over at Lloyds Bank where they will be pleased to take your goods in for onward sale. Thanks to everyone for their patience whilst we ready the shop.

A new seating area

The council has designated the area by the Town Cross in Market Cross as a pedestrian and seating area only. Why not visit, take a coffee from Joshua’s or Sweet Pea or the White Hart, enjoy the sun and a bit of socially distanced chat?

HISTORY MATTERS

Jacqui Wragg has written a fantastic blog about two Sturminster war heroes click here to see the blog

UNITY closes, but looks for a new team to take it on.

Unity our local magazine has published its last edition for the foreseeable future. Against fierce online competition for advertising revenue required to run the magazine at cost the voluntary and paid team members have decided that in a post-COVID world Unity will no longer be viable at least not at the personal cost demanded of their team. They have reluctantly decided to close the magazine and have no plans for trying to revive it. They are currently asking for expressions of interest to take on the challenge.

Who’s Who in Sturminster Newton

Wondering who the best person to contact is? We’ve put together a comprehensive list of contact details for numerous going ons around the town.

Find out Who’s Who

Hearts of Stur

Sturminster Newton at a glance

A snapshot out our latest events, businesses and attractions.

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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