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 and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is sited on a low Corallian limestone ridge beside the River Stour, 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the market town Sturminster Newton. It lies within the North Dorset administrative district. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 221.
In 1963 a Roman building of unknown type, possibly a villa or a church, was discovered in the village. 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 be a depiction of Christ. The bust is now on display in the British Museum. The rest is kept in storage.
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, 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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