publication 'Dorset Place Names - their origins and
meanings' (A D Mills, published by Countryside Books) the name
derives "from Old English bocland 'charter land' i.e.
'land in which certain rights and privileges were
granted by charter'. The relatively recent addition
of Newton is from Sturminster Newton, because at
one time the Hundreds of Sturminster and
Buckland were combined".
The village of Buckland Newton is situated in beautiful Dorset countryside on the edge of the Dorset Downs and within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village and surrounding hamlets of Beaulieu Wood, Bookham, Brockhampton, Cosmore, Duntish, Henley and Woolford's Water have a population of around 600 and consist of a thriving mix of agricultural community, local businesses, homeworkers, workers in nearby towns and villages and retired people. There is a Post Office (Mon, Tue, Fri mornings), Village Shop, Primary School and Pre-School and a Toddler Group (in the Village Hall). Nearby visitor attractions include the towns of Sherborne and Dorchester, the village of Cerne Abbas with its famous chalk giant and wonderful countryside for walking. Fishing, caravanning and camping facilities are all nearby, as are holiday cottages for rent. There is a Grade 1 Listed Parish Church and a number of attractive buildings in the area.This website is designed for residents of Buckland Newton, for visitors to the area and for people moving into the village or its surrounding communities. We hope that you will find it helpful, informative, instructive - and hopefully entertaining. Please take a look around, and if you have any comments about the website or the village do let us know.Contact InformationIf you have any comments about our website or wish to contact us, please click on the ‘Contact’ button at the top of the page. Site partly developed with the aid of grants from West Dorset District Council and Buckland Newton Fete Committee. Thanks also to Buckland Newton Parish Council for financial support towards website hosting cost