Buckland Newton Community Website
in the heart of rural Dorset
© 2024 Buckland Newton Community Website Committee Last updated 15th July 2024 13:50 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. Contact Information 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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