The rural parish of Stinsford wraps around the northern and eastern edges of Dorchester, Dorset’s county town, with the River Frome creating the parish’s southern boundary. The parish covers about 1300 hectares of farmland, water meadow, woods, parkland and heathland. Within this rural setting live just over 300 people in the hamlets of Frome Whitfield, Cokers Frome, Waterston Ridge, Bhompston, Higher Kingston, Kingston Maurward, Higher Bockhampton, Lower Bockhampton and Stinsford itself.
Stinsford attracts many visitors to Thomas Hardy’s birthplace, to the Local Nature Reserve of Thorncombe Woods, and to the historic park and gardens of Kingston Maurward College. The College is one of only two centres in SW England for education in land-based skills, and attracts many hundreds of students to its courses each year. Farming remains a key part of the local economy. Stinsford also hosts two business parks as well as holiday accommodation, cafes and an award-winning restaurant.
A Neighbourhood Plan is being prepared by volunteers in Stinsford parish and the parish council, to help guide the future of development here and to safeguard the parish’s special qualities. If you live in, work in or just visit this wonderful corner of England, your views are an important part of the future of Stinsford. Contact us to find out more on the Stinsford Neighbourhood Plan and how you can make a difference.
At the Stinsford Michaelmas fayre in 2018, we asked the people of the parish and visitors to tell us about the words they associate with Stinsford. The word clouds below, residents on the left and visitors right, shows the feedback by scale.