Stinsford is a village and civil parish in south west Dorset, England, one mile east of Dorchester. The parish includes the settlements of Higher and Lower Bockhampton. As of 2001[update] it has a population of 346, with 13.5% of dwellings being second homes.
The village churchyard contains the grave of Poet Laureate Cecil Day Lewis (died 1972), as well as the burial place of the heart of Thomas Hardy (died 1928), the novelist and poet, 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 village itself is famous for its six-a-side football team which has consistently finished well in the upper tiers of the Dorset six-a-side leagues over the last decade. The team is noted for its luminous orange strip and has provided key players who have later moved on to play for football teams such as Yeovil Town F.C..
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