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

A real Sturminster Christmas

The Stur Christmas Day went way beyond expectations. Paul Young true to his word lit the tree and even sang a couple of songs to the large audience present. Santa and his elves had people queuing, some literally for hours, to meet with him, discuss their hopes for Christmas and presents of course. And hundreds of people thronged the centre as in the good old days. The shops did us all proud and a great day was had by all.
Roy Wood
Those of us lucky enough to get tickets saw the great Roy Wood, his band and followers thrill the Exchange with a seemingly endless medley of his hits, Blackberry Way, Flowers in the rain, I wish it could be Christmas every day, all were there. In the end this charming self effacing brummie responsible for some of the most memorable 3 minutes in rock music history had the place rocking with enthusiasm and sheer delight in his music making. A great day for the Exchange.
The Community Chest
The Town’s own shop for Stur the Community Chest were winners of the Coop annual community charity award and were presented with a cheque or £500 to go to their growing list of activities. if there had been a prize for best window they would have won that as well. Not seen it? Go and visit Market Square and be ready to have a smile put on your face. Well done to them and their design helper none other than Martin Jones.

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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