East Stour Village

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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 500 situated around 5 miles west of Shaftesbury.The river Stour runs along the border of the village with it’s neighbouring village of West Stour.

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

Click here to see the list of East Stour businesses

For details on how to get discounted heating oil click HERE

Catch up with the latest Village news !


Travel Dorset
(Click to view)
Information about roads, bus travel and car park costs around Dorset

Visit our Phonebox Library
Found on Browns Lane
Opposite The Crown 
See Village News for more info

Full details on EVENTS Diary page

Coming up :
Saturday 9th June
The Blues Others
The South West’s no.1 Blues Brothers Tribute Band
Save the date now ...   More information to follow

This webiste is soon to be released in a brand new updated format ..... Keep checking in hopefully the new site will be live soon.
April 2018