Piddlehinton

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Coordinates: 50°46′26″N 2°24′17″W / 50.7739°N 2.4047°W / 50.7739; -2.4047

Piddlehinton
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Cottages in Piddlehinton
Piddlehinton is located in Dorset
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 Piddlehinton shown within Dorset
Population 403 [1]
OS grid reference SY715972
District West Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DT2
Dialling code 01300
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places
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Piddlehinton is a village and civil parish in west Dorset, England, situated in the Piddle valley 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Dorchester. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 403.[1]

Piddlehinton formerly constituted a liberty containing only the parish itself.

The local schools are Piddle Valley First School, St Mary's Middle School in Puddletown, and The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, members of the DASP group. The village has no shop or post office but does have two public houses, The Thimble and The European. The nearest shop is in neighbouring Piddletrenthide. St Mary's Piddlehinton is the local church. A microbrewery—the Dorset Piddle Brewery—was established in Piddlehinton in 2008 and produces 300 gallons of ale every week.

During the build-up to D-day the US Army operated from an airstrip in Piddlehinton using Piper L-4 Grasshoppers of the 62nd Armed Field Artillery Battalion.[citation needed] The L-4 Grasshopper was a light aircraft that was widely used by the US Air Force for observation and liaison during the Second World War. It was called the Grasshopper because of its ability to take of and land on any sort of terrain and in very limited space. The exact location of the airstrip in Piddlehinton is unknown.

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