Toller Fratrum

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Toller Fratrum
Toller Fratrum, parish church of St. Basil - - 454967.jpg
Parish church of St. Basil
Toller Fratrum is located in Dorset
Toller Fratrum
Toller Fratrum
Toller Fratrum shown within Dorset
Population10 [1]
OS grid referenceSY578972
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDorchester
Postcode districtDT2
Dialling code01300
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
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50°46′23″N 2°35′53″W / 50.773°N 2.598°W / 50.773; -2.598Coordinates: 50°46′23″N 2°35′53″W / 50.773°N 2.598°W / 50.773; -2.598

Toller Fratrum is a very small village and civil parish in West Dorset, England, near Maiden Newton, anciently in Tollerford Hundred.

The name is taken from the village's situation on the brook formerly known as the Toller, now called the Hooke. The addition Fratrum is the Latin for brothers and refers to the mediaeval ownership of the manor by the Knights Hospitaller, which distinguishes it from the other Tollers, namely Toller Porcorum and Toller Whelme. It is often referred to as Little Toller.

The village has a notable 16th-century farm house, Little Toller Farm, built largely by John Samways, who acquired the estate in 1540. The farm house was later occupied by the Fulford family. The church of Saint Basil was rebuilt in the 19th century but possesses not only an unusual Norman font, carved with archaic figures, but also a relief of Saint Mary Magdalene of the same period.

The independent book publisher, Little Toller Books, is based in the village.

Dorset County Council's latest (2013) estimate of the population of the parish is 10.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.

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