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Welcome to the East Stour Village website, a community website designed to provide
information about the village and village activities to all readers
East Stour is a small ancient Dorset village it has an area of 1,786 acres and a
population of approximately 500situated around 5 miles west of Shaftesbury.The river
Stour runs along the border of the village with it’s neighbouring village of West
Over the centuries agriculture has provided employment for men, women, children
and itinerant workers until the advent of tractors and mechanisation. In 1085 the
Domesday Book recorded and taxed 17 hides in East Stour and West Stour. With mills,
pasture and meadow it was already an established village. In more recent times, to
supplement meagre incomes, women of East Stour made gloves for companies in neighbouring
Gillingham and buttons for suppliers in Shaftesbury.
The parish church of Christ Church
was rebuilt in 1841-42, it is one of eight churches in the Benefice of Stour Vale.
The village has several farms, two public houses, farm shop, garage and hairdressing
salon. In addition, there are a number of trades and services offered by villagers.
These can be found listed on the LINKS page on this site.
For GPS to find the village use postcode: SP8 5JZ
Events coming up soon :
Coffee morning & Post Office in the Village Hall Wednesdays 10.00am -12.00noon
Post Box Collections From village postboxes : 4pm Mon-Fri, 08:30 am Sat Hairport
10:00 am Sat Browns Lane
From Station Rd, Gillingham 6pm Mon-Fri, 12noon Sat