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Halstock, parish church of St. Mary - geograph.org.uk - 506480.jpg
Parish church of St Juthware and St Mary
Halstock is located in Dorset
Halstock shown within Dorset
Population546 [1]
OS grid referenceST538080
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
FireDorset and Wiltshire
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EU ParliamentSouth West England
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50°52′07″N 2°39′20″W / 50.8687°N 2.6555°W / 50.8687; -2.6555Coordinates: 50°52′07″N 2°39′20″W / 50.8687°N 2.6555°W / 50.8687; -2.6555

Halstock is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district approximately five miles (8.0 km) south of Yeovil in Somerset. It lies on the route of the ancient Harrow Way.[2] In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 546.[1]

Halstock formerly constituted a liberty, containing only the parish itself. It was the site of the martyrdom of Saint Juthwara (Juthware),[3] and a Romano-British Villa excavated between 1967 and 1985.[4][5]

The village formerly had two inns, both now closed: "The New Inn" (New Inn Farm), which closed in the late 1950s,[6] and the unusually named "The Quiet Woman" (usually taken as a reference to St Juthware), which closed in the mid-1990s.

In July 2012, Halstock's Parish church of St Mary was rededicated by the Bishop of Sherborne to become "St Juthware and St Mary", in recognition of the local tradition. Much of the church was rebuilt in 1770, with only the 15th-century west tower not being affected. The nave and chancel were rebuilt again on separate dates in the 19th century.[7]

Halstock lies within an electoral ward of the same name, which also contains several nearby parishes including Corscombe, Evershot and Hilfield. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 1,848.[8] This ward is one of 32 that comprise the West Dorset parliamentary constituency, which is currently represented in the UK national parliament by the Conservative Oliver Letwin.

See also[edit]

List of liberties in Dorset


  1. ^ a b "Area: Halstock (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ Lemmey (1984), p. 2
  3. ^ Lemmey (1984), pp. 8–11
  4. ^ Lemmey (1984), pp. 2–6.
  5. ^ Lucas (1993)
  6. ^ Lemmey (1984), p. 47
  7. ^ "'Halstock', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1: West (1952), pp. 121–122". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Halstock". ukcensusdata.com. Retrieved 26 February 2015.


  • Lemmey, Pam (1984), A History of Halstock, P.R. Lemmey, Liberty Farm, Halstock, ISBN 0-951-2063-0-3
  • Lucas, R.N. (1993), The Romano-British villa at Halstock, Dorset Excavations 1967-1985 (Monograph Series:No.13), Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, ISBN 0-900341-37-8

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