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 Local Contacts page of this site.

For GPS to find the village use postcode: SP8 5JZ

Heating Oil

Many residencies in East Stour require domestic heating oil to provide heating.  As part of the Village Action Plan, a buying group was set up to provide greater buying power and discounts.  More can be found out here.


Private and public events are held year-round usually centred in the Village Hall.  Details of any upcoming public events can be found to the right (or on a mobile device, you can see the information below), or you can visit our What’s On page.

Regular events

Coffee morning & Post Office in the Village Hall
Wednesdays 10.00am – 12.00noon

Post Box Collections
From village postboxes:
4:00pm Monday to Friday,
08:30am Saturdays, Hairport
10:00am Saturdays, Browns Lane

From Station Rd, Gillingham
6:00pm Monday to Friday,
12noon Saturdays

Travel information

For information about roads, bus travel and car park costs across Dorset visit the Dorset For You website: www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset.