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St Thomas a Becket Church Lydlinch - - 379977.jpg
Parish church of St Thomas Becket
Lydlinch is located in Dorset
Location within Dorset
Population437 (2011 Census)
OS grid referenceST743135
Civil parish
  • Lydlinch
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSturminster Newton
Postcode districtDT10
Dialling code01963
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
List of places
50°55′13″N 2°21′59″W / 50.9204°N 2.3665°W / 50.9204; -2.3665Coordinates: 50°55′13″N 2°21′59″W / 50.9204°N 2.3665°W / 50.9204; -2.3665

Lydlinch is a village and civil parish about 3 miles (5 km) west of Sturminster Newton in the Blackmore Vale in North Dorset, England. The village is sited on Oxford clay[1] close to the small River Lydden. The parish—which includes the village of King's Stag to the south and hamlet of Stock Gaylard to the west—is bounded by the Lydden to the east and its tributary the Caundle Brook to the north.

The 2011 census recorded the parish as having 199 dwellings,[2] 192 households and a population of 437.[3]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of St Thomas Becket has a 12th-century baptismal font, but the rest of the building is Perpendicular Gothic. The nave, chancel and west tower are 15th century. The north aisle and south porch were added in the 16th century. In the 19th century the north aisle was rebuilt and the north vestry added and the building was twice restored, the second time in 1875. The church is a Grade II* listed building.[4]

The tower has a ring of five bells. The 19th-century Dorset dialect poet William Barnes (1801–86), who was born just outside the parish in nearby Bagber,[5] wrote of them "Vor Lydlinch bells be good vor sound, And liked by all the neighbours round".[6] Thomas Purdue of Closworth, Somerset cast the second, fourth and tenor bells in 1681. Mears & Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry recast the treble and third bells in 1908.[7]

The parish is part of the Benefice of Sturminster Newton, Hinton St Mary and Lydlinch.[8]



  1. ^ Wightman, p17
  2. ^ "Area: Lydlinch (Parish). Dwellings, Household Spaces and Accommodation Type, 2011 (KS401EW)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Area: Lydlinch (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Parish church of St Thomas a Beckett  (Grade II*) (1110465)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  5. ^ Wightman, p141
  6. ^ North Dorset District Council (1982). North Dorset District Official Guide. Home Publishing Co. Ltd. pp. 37–8.
  7. ^ Baldwin, John (19 July 2006). "Lydlinch S Thomas a Becket". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  8. ^ Archbishops' Council (2015). "Benefice of Sturminster Newton, Hinton St. Mary and Lydlinch". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 1 September 2015.

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