St Michael's Church, Stinsford
Stinsford shown within Dorset
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Stinsford is a village and civil parish in southwest Dorset, England, one mile east of Dorchester. The parish includes the settlements of Higher and Lower Bockhampton. The name Stinsford may derive from stynt, Old English for a limited area of pasture. As of 2001[update] it has a population of 346, with 13.5% of dwellings being second homes.
The parish has five large country houses - Birkin House, Frome House, Kingston Maurward House, the Elizabethan Old Manor House and Stinsford House. Much of the land in the parish is occupied by Kingston Maurward College, a further education college.
St Michael's church
There has been worship at the site since at least Norman times, but the only remaining parts of the earliest structure are the sculpture of St. Michael, inside the west wall of the south aisle, and the restored Purbeck Marble font.
St Michael's was the local church of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy and he was baptised here. His heart is the buried in the churchyard, alongside the grave of his first wife Emma Lavinia Gifford who died in 1912. Stinsford is the original 'Mellstock' of Hardy's novels Under the Greenwood Tree and Jude the Obscure. The churchyard also contains the grave of Poet Laureate Cecil Day Lewis who died in 1972.
Stinsford has a six-a-side football team which plays in the Dorset six-a-side leagues. The team is noted for its luminous orange strip and has provided players who have later moved on to play for football teams such as Yeovil Town F.C.
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