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Coordinates: 50°54′45″N 2°16′58″W / 50.9124°N 2.2828°W / 50.9124; -2.2828

Fiddleford, the Mill and Manor House

Fiddleford is a hamlet in the county of Dorset in southern England.[1][2] Fiddleford is situated between Sturminster Newton and Okeford Fitzpaine in the North Dorset administrative district. It was founded by an English nobleman named Fitela (Fitela's Ford), and the aforementioned ford is over the River Stour.

The origin of the place-name is from Old English Fitela and ford meaning (homestead or farm) of a man called Fitela; the place-name appears as Fitelford in 1244.[3]

Fiddleford has approximately 25 houses, a manor house by the river (Fiddleford Manor), a public house (the Fiddleford Inn), and a large mushroom farm.

Southwest of Fiddleford is Piddles Wood.

Every second month residents of Fiddleford produce the 'Fiddleford Flyer', a local magazine.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 194 Dorchester & Weymouth (Cerne Abbas & Bere Regis) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2014. ISBN 9780319232132. 
  2. ^ "Ordnance Survey: 1:50,000 Scale Gazetteer" (csv (download)). Ordnance Survey. 1 January 2016. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Mills, A.D. (2011) [first published 1991]. A Dictionary of British Place Names (First edition revised 2011 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 187. ISBN 9780199609086. 

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