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 Cheese Festival – The best ever?

Blessed by glorious sunshine over its two days the Cheese festival once again drew record crowds into the Town and recreation ground and was an outstanding success and credit to the Town’s reputation. We congratulate everyone who worked as a volunteer especially the guys from Sturminster Rotary without whom the festival simply couldn’t go ahead in its current format. A special welcome and congrats must go to the organising committee under Jeremy Squires its new head.

The White Hart – an Update

First and foremost, the White Hart is NOT the White Horse, apologies.

The White Hart has resumed trading as a free house pub. It has been taken over by Matt Adrian and other partners and not the Birmingham couple promised the lease two weeks back! Matt and Co are engaged on an extensive refurbishment programme and they are intent to let us all know their plans over the coming weeks. In the meantime we wish them every success.

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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