Tollard Royal

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Coordinates: 50°57′36″N 2°04′52″W / 50.960°N 2.081°W / 50.960; -2.081

Tollard Royal
The Church of St Peter ad Vincula, Tollard Royal - - 855355.jpg
St Peter ad Vincula parish church
Tollard Royal is located in Wiltshire
Tollard Royal
Tollard Royal
 Tollard Royal shown within Wiltshire
Population 107 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference ST9417
Civil parish Tollard Royal
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SP5
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Wiltshire
List of places

Tollard Royal is a village and civil parish on Cranborne Chase, Wiltshire, England. The parish is on Wiltshire's southern boundary with Dorset and the village is 6 miles (10 km) southeast of the Dorset town of Shaftesbury.

The "Royal" in the name refers to the royal hunting lodge that was used for hunting on the Chase.

Church and chapel[edit]

The earliest known record of the Church of England parish church of St. Peter ad Vincula dates from 1291.[2] Early English style features that survive from this time include the tower arch, a doorway and several windows,[2] including two in the nave.[3] The bell tower was built after a gift of £10 for the purpose in 1412.[2]

The earliest record of the church's dedication to St. Peter ad Vincula ("St Peter in Chains") dates from 1469.[2] It is one of only 15 churches in England with this dedication, which is after the Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli in Rome.

Late in the 15th and early in the 16th centuries extensive Perpendicular Gothic alterations were made to the church. The tower was rebuilt and the south porch and three-bay north aisle were added and the nave was increased in height.[2]

A west gallery was added in 1714 and later removed, probably during rebuilding work in the 1850s.[2] The works included rebuilding the north aisle, removing the chancel arch and blocking up the east window.[2]

In 1553 the church had three bells and a sanctus bell.[2] One was recast by William Tosier of Salisbury[4] in 1728 and another by Mears and Stainbank in 1882 but the third mediaeval bell still hung in the tower in 1927.[2] Two more bells were cast by Mears and Stainbank and added to the tower in 1889.[2] In 1999 the three Mears and Stainbank bells and the mediaeval bell were replaced with a ring of six bells cast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.[5] The 1728 bell has not been recast but it is no longer rung.[5] The sanctus bell has also been retained; it was cast in Salisbury in about 1400.[5]

The parish had a Methodist congregation by 1773.[2] For several decades the Methodists worshipped in private homes licenced for the purpose.[2] In 1879 a Primitive Methodist chapel was built of brick.[2] It was closed in 1957.[2]

Other features[edit]

An ancient Quaker burial ground and the independent junior Sandroyd School are near the village.

Tollard Royal has a public house, the King John Inn.[6]

Notable people[edit]

Memorial to Augustus Pitt Rivers in St Peter's Church at Tollard Royal.

Notable people associated with the parish include General Pitt-Rivers, the founder of modern archaeology, who lived in the village and undertook many improvements there at his own expense, and created the nearby Larmer Tree Gardens. Cecil Beaton rented Ashcombe House between 1930 and 1945.

Madonna owns an 1,132 acres (458 ha) Ashcombe House Estate, which she and her former husband, Guy Ritchie, bought in 2002 for £9 million. The estate includes the six-bedroom Grade II listed Georgian house. The Ashcombe estate is still run as a working farm estate.


  1. ^ "Area selected: Salisbury (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Crowley, 1987, page 79-88
  3. ^ Pevsner & Cherry, page 525
  4. ^ "Bell Founders". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Tollard Royal S Peter ad Vincula". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  6. ^ King John Inn


See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Tollard Royal at Wikimedia Commons