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.

Hearts of Stur

The Web Site

First and foremost, can I say a big thanks to those of you who responded to our request for more events to go onto the site. The Web site is now over 1 year old. Since we launched, we have added over 140 plus businesses and services to the directory, put up 20 blogs and counting and umpteen events. On a month by month basis traffic has grown significantly. We now get between 5 and 7000 hits a month! We are first page if you search for Sturminster, Sturminster Newton, Accommodation in Sturminster etc. Ive even tried walks in Sturminster and found us on page 2.

Accommodation Providers

Whilst we can’t outcompete sites like Trip Advisor and Booking.com we are really holding our own. The site has more local accommodation than both! But let’s not stop there. If you offer a Bed and Breakfast or a small boutique hotel then please put it on the site. It’s free by the way.


This month there is an introductory blog from Carole Jones the new Dorset County Councillor. These blogs are our lifeblood. If you want to get one on the site simply write 3/600 words in a word file and a few photos in jpeg form and mail them to [email protected] and we will do the rest. If you are a business don’t be shy, other than blatant self-promotion the community wants to hear from you, your history, your ideas, your plans for the future. Of course as with Directory and event and accommodation listings blogs go free!


The site is also available for front page advertising. The price is kept low and the income simply pays for the running costs of the site., if you want to know more please get in touch on the email above

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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