Hinton St Mary
|Hinton St Mary|
Parish church of St Peter
Hinton St Mary shown within Dorset
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Hinton St Mary is a village in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is sited on a low Corallian limestone ridge beside the River Stour, one mile north of the market town Sturminster Newton. It lies within the North Dorset administrative district of the county. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 221. The parish church, dedicated to St Peter, has a 15th-century tower. The manor house next to the church was once owned by the nuns of Shaftesbury Abbey.
Roman mosaic 
The village is best known for the discovery in 1963 of a Roman building of unknown type, possibly a villa or a church. On the floor of one room was laid a large 4th century mosaic depicting Bellerophon and the Chimera (illustrating good defeating evil) and a portrait bust that may, or may not, be Christ. The bust is now on display in the British Museum. The rest is kept in storage.
Millennium Garden 
The village has a community garden constructed in an episode of the BBC series Charlies Garden Angels, hosted by Charlie Dimmock. The garden was made during 1999, with local people and businesses helping to create it. It is now known as the Millennium Garden as it was built to celebrate the new millennium.
Cutt Mill 
Cutt Mill, sited on the River Stour to the northwest of the village, was burned down in 2003 by vandals. The building remains unused as the structure is now unsafe, although there have been plans proposed to either rebuild it, turn it into holiday flats, or turn it into a source of hydro-electric power.
- North Dorset District Council, Official District Guide, Home Publishing Co. Ltd., c.1983, p35
- British Museum
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