Shapwick village centre
|Shapwick shown within Dorset|
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Shapwick is a village and civil parish in east Dorset, England, situated on the River Stour five miles south-east of Blandford Forum and eight miles north of Poole. The village had a population of 190 in 2001.
In Roman times there was a Roman Fort at Crab Farm, between Shapwick and Badbury Rings. Just to the west of the fort was a small Romano-British town, believed to be that listed in the Antonine Itinerary as Vindocladia.
The Shapwick monster
A local legend tells how in the year 1706 a travelling fishmonger was one day passing through the village of Shapwick, when, unbeknownst to the fishmonger, a crab fell off his cart. The fishmonger continued on his journey, but the local villagers, who had never seen a crab before, gathered around the creature poking it with sticks believing it to be a devil or monster. The fishmonger (according to one version of the story) eventually returned looking for his lost crab, and when he saw the commotion, picked up the crab and continued on his way to spread the story about the simple folk of Shapwick.
The story was cemented in verse and pictures in 1841 by the artist Buscall Fox, and today the legend is commemorated on a story board on display at the Anchor Inn, and also in the name of Crab Farm, which has a weathervane showing the crab and villagers.
- Census, 2001
- Badbury, Castle Facts
- Vindocladia Badbury Rings, Dorset, www.romanmap.com
- The Awakening, www.doctorwholocations.net
- The Shapwick Monster, darkdorset.co.uk, retrieved 30 April 2013
- This legend fell off the back of a lorry, www.bournemouthecho.co.uk, 10th October 2008, retrieved 30 April 2013
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