Purse Caundle

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Purse Caundle
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Purse Caundle manor house
Purse Caundle is located in Dorset
Purse Caundle
Purse Caundle
 Purse Caundle shown within Dorset
Population 100 [1]
OS grid reference ST695175
District West 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°57′24″N 2°26′03″W / 50.9567°N 2.4342°W / 50.9567; -2.4342

Purse Caundle is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southwest England. It lies within the West Dorset administrative district, about 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Sherborne. In 2012 the estmated population of the parish was 100.[1]

Purse Caundle is based around the large fifteenth-century manor house, which was built under the instruction of Richard Long, who bought 575 acres of land here in 1428.[2] The manor's site was recorded as early as the Domesday Book in 1086, when it was a tenancy of Athelney Abbey.[3]

The village church provides the final resting place for the seventeenth-century physician Nathaniel Highmore, whose father was rector here.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  2. ^ West Dorset, Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1983. p. 17. 
  3. ^ Rodney Legg (March 2011). "Purse Caundle". Dorset Life Magazine. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Sir Frederick Treves (1906). Highways and Byways in Dorset. Macmillan and Co. Ltd. p. 320. 

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