Toller Whelme

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Toller Whelme
The Manor House - Toller Whelme (2) - - 698153.jpg
Manor House, Toller Whelme
Toller Whelme is located in Dorset
Toller Whelme
Toller Whelme
Toller Whelme shown within Dorset
OS grid referenceST516015
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDorchester
Postcode districtDT8
Dialling code01308
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
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50°48′39″N 2°41′11″W / 50.8108°N 2.6865°W / 50.8108; -2.6865Coordinates: 50°48′39″N 2°41′11″W / 50.8108°N 2.6865°W / 50.8108; -2.6865

Toller Whelme is a small village in West Dorset, England, situated in the civil parish of Corscombe approximately 2.3 miles (3.7 km) east of Beaminster, 6 miles (9.7 km) north of Bridport and 13 miles (21 km) north-west of Dorchester.

Toller Whelme takes its name from the River Toller (the former name of the present River Hooke), at the source of which it stands: the second element Whelme means river source or spring in Anglo-Saxon. It has occasionally in the past also been known as Pinny's Toller or Penny Toller, from the name of the landowning Pinney family formerly established here at the manor house.

Older buildings in the village include the manor house, a nearby converted barn, and two nearby adjoining cottages (East Farm Cottage and West Farm cottage). The Manor House perimeter wall exterior exhibits 'sockets' that in the past held the roof joists of a series of small lean-to style cottages that no longer exist. In the village there is also a farm, with a relatively new farmhouse structure. A lake was created in front of the farmhouse in the 1970s to provide water for the farm cattle during drought conditions.

Toller Whelme is a modern ecclesiastical parish, formed in 1871 from the ancient parish of Corscombe; the Anglican church of St John was built the previous year.

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