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  • Guest Article from Clayesmore School

    Until now all our articles have been about Fontmell Magna or Fontmell people. However, the village is closely associated with several other local villages and with the market towns of […]

  • The First 60 Years of the Parish Council

    In December 2004 we published an article about the first meetings of the newly formed Parish Council (PC) which dealt with the inaugural meetings in December 1894 and January 1895. […]

  • Looking for your Fontmell Antecedants

    FONTMELL FAMILIES 1653-1687 Our website articles are normally accompanied by pictures specially selected for their relevance to the text which they illustrate. But this text-only article is published in response […]

  • Fontmell Marriages in Local Parishes

    THE PARISH OF FONTMELL MAGNA includes the village of Fontmell Magna and the hamlets of Bedchester and Hartgrove. It is bordered to the north by the parish of Compton Abbas; […]

  • Aerial view of Fontmell Magna
    A 20th Century Domesday Book

    FONTMELL MAGNA FARM SURVEY 1941 Entering the third year of WWII, Britain had to grow even more food – especially grain – to counteract the U-boat menace. The Government set […]

  • The sheep wash, Mill Street
    Memories of a Fontmell-born Inhabitant

    Editorial introduction: In about 1970 Charlie Andrews (as he was always known) wrote down some of his memories about his life in Fontmell Magna. He was very devoted to the […]

  • Fontmell Policemen in the 19th Century

    This is the story of the policemen and their families who lived in the police house in South Street, Fontmell Magna, which was the former Toll House on the Shaftesbury […]

  • Then and Now

    As our archive contains many old photographs of the village, we thought it might be interesting to compare some of them with pictures taken today. Many of the early photos […]

  • St Andrew’s Primary School

    St Andrew’s Primary School Fontmell Magna has had a village school since 1843. The original building was replaced in 1864 by the one we see today. It was originally designed […]

  • The Lost Cottages of Fontmell Magna

    Fontmell Magna, a small village in the county of Dorset, lies some 80m above sea level on the eastern side of the Blackmore Vale. The presence of many springs and […]