Welcome to Fontmell Magna
Please note the Dorset Council and the Fontmell Magna Parish Council elections are on Thursday 2nd May 2019. To see the election notice click here .
The Parish is situated in the Blackmore Vale in North Dorset, approximately 5 miles south of Shaftesbury.
The Parish includes the villages of Fontmell Magna, Bedchester and Hartgrove.
Fontmell Magna is a beautiful village with a handsome 15th Century church. It is mentioned in the Doomsday Book when Fontmell Brook powered three mills. The village was under the control of Shaftesbury Abbey until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. A video is available here, made in 1989, that describes the features and history of Fontmell Magna and its surroundings.
It is also fortunate to have a popular and well regarded primary school, a village shop/tea room /post office, a village hall with children’s play area and tennis court and a branch surgery of Abbey View Medical Centre. There are also delightful gardens at Springhead Trust.
In the heart of the village the Gossip Tree has been a local meeting point for over 250 years. A new tree was planted in 1976 to replace the old diseased tree.
The village pub, The Fontmell, has been in existence since 1890 and once had its own brewery.
Above the village lies the Fontmell Downs, a nature reserve. Here you will find great walks, a variety of interesting wild life and stunning views over the Blackmore Vale.
Bedchester was formally a Saxon hamlet belonging to Milton Abbey. It stands midway between the villages of Fontmell Magna and East Orchard. The old hamlet was centred on the cross roads but newer buildings now extend the footprint of the old settlement.
Hartgrove was also mentioned in Saxon charters. The elongated village comprises of a cluster of farms and houses.