STURMINSTER NEWTON CASTLE, a market town, parish, and railway station, on the Dorset Central Railway, in the hundred and union of the same name, distant 108 miles from London, 10 N.W. from Blandford, 12 W. from Sherborne, 5 S.E. from Stalbridge, and 8 S.W. from Shaftesbury. The town is situated on the banks of the river Stour, which, flowing through the vale of Blackmoor, empties itself into the sea at Christchurch, in Hampshire. The church, St. Mary’s, within about the last twenty years has been nearly rebuilt, and very considerably enlarged, at the sole expense of the late Rev. T. H. Lane Fox; it is in the Norman style, in the form of a cross. The living is a vicarage, in the gift of Lord Rivers, lord of the manor, and the tithes have been commuted for £712, with residence; glebe, 200 acres; the Rev. Richard Lowndes is the vicar. The Primitive Methodists have a chapel. The Wesleyans have a chapel and Sunday school. There are schools for children of both sexes and for infants, supported by voluntary subscriptions. On the Newton side of the river are the remains of an old castle, supposed to have been erected by the Romans; they consist of a keep, within a vallum and ditch, seated on a hill. The ground-plan was in the form of the letter D. There is a large camp, called Banbury. A Literary and Scientific Institution was established in 1850. There is a market every alternate Thursday, chiefly for cattle. The fairs are held on the 12th of May and 24th of October, at which is appointed the high constable of the hundred of Sturminster. The petty sessions of the division are held monthly here, The population in 1861 was 1,880, and the acreage 4,229. In the union of Sturminster there are twenty parishes. The workhouse is at Sturminster. Board meeting every Wednesday.
NEWTON tithing is divided from Sturminster by the river. Bagbere is a tithing 2 miles W. on the road to Sherborne.
FIDDLEFORD is a hamlet of Sturminster Newton, 2 miles S.E. from that town, and 8 N.W. from Blandford; Kingsdown, 1 S.E.; Hole, half a mile S.; Knacker’s Hole, Garland, and Common Gate, 2 miles S.; Darknell, 2 miles S.W.
POSTAL REGULATIONS.- William Trite, postmaster. Letter delivered at 7.30 a.m. Box closes at 6.15 p.m.; letters received until 6.25 by affixing and extra stamp; dispatched for Blandford at 6.25. Money-orders are issued and paid at this office, and Savings Bank business transacted.
Dorset Bank – (Robert and Herbert Williams) (William Colbourne, Esq., manager); draw on Williams, Deacon and Co.
National Provincial Bank – (J. W. Coffin, manager); draw on London Joint Stock Bank.
Excise Office – ‘Swan’.
Stamp Office – William Trite, distributor.
Union Workhouse – M. Williams, Esq., chairman; R. Stiby, Esq., vice chairman; Samuel Walter Long, Esq., clerk; William Kemp Clough, master; Mrs. Grace Goodenough Clough, matron; Miss A. Roe, Schoolmistress; J. Tarzewell, Esq., surgeon.
Clerk to the Commissioner of Taxes – H. C. Dashwood, Esq.
Clerk to Magistrates of Petty Sessions – Robert Rideout Harvey, Esq.
Clerk to Board of Guardians – Samuel Walter Long, Esq.
Superintendent Registrar – Samuel Walter Long, Esq.
PLACES OF WORSHIP:-
St. Mary’s Church – Rev. R. Lowndes, vicar; Philip Adams, parish clerk.
Primitive Methodist Chapel – ministers various.
Wesleyan Chapel – ministers various.
Parochial – J. Holmes, master; Miss Anne Bennett, mistress.
Infant –Mrs. Betsey Bennett, mistress.
T. Bright, Blandford to Yeovil, Tuesday and Thursday; return, Wednesday and Friday.
CLERGY, GENTRY, &c
Brown T., Esq
Goodridge Mrs. John
Guy Mrs Ann, Newton
Guy A., Esq.
Lowndes Rev. Richard, M.A., Vicarage
Reveley Rev. R, curate
Spencer Mrs., Newton
Adams Charles, carpenter & wheelwright
Adams Philip, parish clerk
Andrews William, farmer, Bagbere
Baker George, hairdresser & perfumer
Barnett, Edward William, tailor
Belben William, farmer, Bagbere
Bennett Miss Anne, schoolmistress
Bennett Mrs., farmer, Bagbere
Best John, tinman and brazier
Bleathman Thomas, farmer, Common
Brice Edward, veterinary surgeon
Burbidge Henry, watch and clock maker
Busey John, farmer, Bagbere
Cheesewright William, surgeon
Clough Mrs. G. G, matron of workhouse
Clough Wm. Kemp, master of workhouse
Coater John, wheelwright, Newton
Coffin Mrs., watchmaker and jeweller
Coffin J. W., manager of National Provincial Bank
Colbourne Wm., manager of Dorset bank
Collins Mrs., Swan
Coombes George, blacksmith, Bagbere
Cowley, John, mason
Curtis James, bootmaker
Dashwood Henry Chas., solicitor, commissioner in chancery, clerk to commissioners of taxes, and secretary to Sturminster agricultural society
Dorset Bank (branch of), (Robert and Herbert Williams), draw on Williams, Deacon and Co.
Dowding James, farmer, Bagbere
Dowding William, farmer, Bagbere
Dowling George, horse breaker
Drake Samuel, boot and shoemaker
Duffett Samuel, jun, farmer
Duffett Samuel, farmer, Common
Duffett Wm., butcher & farmer, Newton
Fish George, farmer, Bagbere
Fish Joshua, farmer, Bagbere
Goodfellow John, tallow chandler
Gould William, farmer
Hammond John, chief superintendent of county police
Hancock Thomas, ironmonger
Harvey Robert Rideout, solicitor, clerk to magistrates, & perpetual commissioner, and agent to Lord Rivers
Harvey Thomas, beer retailer
Hawkins Thomas, draper
Hayward Robert, cooper, Newton
Holmes J., master of National school
Hopkins Charles, mason and shopkeeper, Bagbere
Hopkins Henry, farmer, Bagbere
Hutchings Alexander, grazier, Newton
Hutchings Nathaniel, farmer
Hutchings Mrs. Martha, shopkeeper
Isaac Henry, draper and clothier
Jackson Edward, grocer and druggist
Jackson Mrs., beer retailer
Knott Ambrose, jun., farmer, Ham lane
Knott Ambrose, sen., farmer, Ham gate
Knott George, harness maker, Newton
Knott John, dealer
Knott William, farmer
Lawrance Wm., millwright and machinist, Newton
Lemon Henry, Jolly Brewers inn
Light Mrs. Louisa, wardrobe dealer
Long Samual Walter, solicitor
Melmoth Thomas, saddler & harness maker
Michell Simon Langhorn, pattern and robe maker
Moon William, blacksmith
Mullet James, farmer, Puxey
Mullett James, farmer, Bagbere
Mullett William, bailiff
Mullet Theoph., farmer, Newton
National Provincial Bank (branch of), (J. W. Coffin, manager); draw on London Joint Stock Bank
Newman John, farmer
Newman Joseph, tailor
Newman Richd. Philip, mason & bricklayer
Osmond Henry, grocer
Paviour Thos., linen and woollen draper
Phillips Edwin, plumber, painter & glazier
Pope John, cooper
Potter Thomas, grocer and tea dealer
Rake Martin, miller and farmer, Newton Mill
Ralph Charles, farmer, Bagbere
Ridout John, cheese dealer
Roberts George, farmer, Bagbere
Roberts William, boot and shoe maker
Rose Benjamin, tailor
Rose Charles, carpenter
Rose Charles, shopkeeper, Goffs corner
Rose Mrs. Christian, shopkeeper, Newton
Rose Daniel, baker and farmer
Rose James, farmer
Rose James, farmer, Bagbere
Rose James, tailor
Rose Job, farmer
Rose John, dairyman, Newton
Rose John, farmer
Rose Joseph, grazier & farmer, Newton
Rose Miss Rosanna, baker
Rose Thomas, beer retailer
Rossiter Henry, Crown commercial hotel and posting house
Rossiter John, auctioneer, appraiser, valuer, estate and general commission agent, and land and timber surveyor, Newton house
Rowland Mrs. Elizabeth, straw bonnet maker
Rowland Thomas, boot and shoe maker
Savory Eli, boot and shoemaker
Selway Enoch, clerk of works
Sherring Richard, Bull, and cooper, mail cart contractor
Short Aaron, shopkeeper
Short Mrs., butcher
Short Charles, butcher
Standley George, shoemaker
Strange Edward, currier and leather cutter
Strange James, grocer
Strange Joseph, farmer
Stroud Henry, farmer
Sweetman Robert, Red Lion, Newton
Tarzewell James, surgeon, & registrar of births and deaths
Tapper Edward, White Hart inn
Taylor Thomas, surveyor
Topp John, brush maker
Trite Wm., printer, bookseller, stationer, post office, stamp office, &c.
Tuffin James, Rose and Crown, & butcher, Bagbere
Westcott John, currier and leather seller
White Henry William, beer retailer and carpenter
Young Edward, shoemaker
Young John, bootmaker
Young Robert, tailor and draper
Young William, shoemaker
Adams Charles, Travellers’ Rest
Adams Philip, brewer
Cressey Silas, hoeder
Rose Job, miller
Stainer William, blacksmith
Stone William, farmer
Swaine John, gamekeeper
Wilds William, wool dealer