Buckland Newton Community Website
in the heart of rural Dorset
© 2023 Buckland Newton Community Website Committee Last updated 31st May 2023 18:00 Website design and update by Jeremy Collins
Buckland Newton is a village in Dorset located
between Sherborne to the north and the County
town of Dorchester to the south. According to
the 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
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 (Monday, Tuesday, Friday 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 also a number of attractive buildings in the area.
The village’s pub (The Gaggle of Geese) is open following
complete refurbishment by the new owners, along with camping
and shepherd’s hut accommodation.
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.
If 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
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