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Lydlinch, parish church of St. Thomas à Becket - - 516509.jpg
Parish church of St Thomas a Becket
Lydlinch is located in Dorset
 Lydlinch shown within Dorset
Population 437 [1]
OS grid reference ST743135
Civil parish Lydlinch
District North Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places

Coordinates: 50°55′13″N 2°21′59″W / 50.9204°N 2.3665°W / 50.9204; -2.3665

Lydlinch is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It lies within the North Dorset administrative district, 3 miles (4.8 km) west of the town of Sturminster Newton. It is sited on Oxford clay[2] close to the small River Lydden in the Blackmore Vale. In the 2011 census the civil parish—which includes the settlement of King's Stag to the south—had 192 households and a population of 437.[1]

19th-century Dorset dialect poet William Barnes was born in the hamlet of Bagber[3] which lies about half a mile to the east within Sturminster newton civil parish. He wrote about the five bells which hang on the tower of Lydlinch parish church:

"Vor Lydlinch bells be good vor sound, And liked by all the neighbours round."

The church, dedicated to St. Thomas à Becket, is perpendicular Gothic and has a 13th-century tower, a twelfth-century font and many stained glass windows.


  1. ^ a b "Area: Lydlinch (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Wightman, p17
  3. ^ Wightman, p141


  • The Buildings of England by John Newman and Nikolaus Pevsner. Page 258. Published by Penguin Books 1972. Reprint 1975. ISBN 0-14-071044-2
  • Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset. Robert Hale Ltd. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9. 

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