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Puddletown, Dorset

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Puddletown, Dorset

Puddletown (formerly Piddletown) is a village in Dorset, England, 5 miles east of Dorchester in the River Piddle valley. The village has a population of 1,177 (2001), of which 30.3% are retired. Puddletown was featured in the novel Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, where it was renamed as the village of Weatherbury. Tryphena Sparks, Thomas Hardy's cousin, who was the inspiration for Hardy's poem Thoughts of Phena at News of Her Death, lived in Puddletown.
DistrictWest Dorset
Post townPuddletown
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridSY7594
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01305

Other names by which Puddletown, Dorset has been known in the past

Piddletown ~ Pretone

Puddletown, Dorset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Puddletown, par. and vil., Dorset, in S. of co.- par. 7653 ac., pop. 1175; vil., on river Piddle, 5 miles NE. of Dorchester; P.O., T.O., called Piddletown.

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