Tolpuddle ( //) is a village in Dorset, England, on the River Piddle 8 miles (13 km) east of Dorchester, the county town, and 12 miles (19 km) west of Poole. The estimated population in 2013 was 420.
The village is famous as the home of the Tolpuddle Martyrs who were sentenced to be transported to Australia after they formed a friendly society in 1833. A row of cottages, housing agricultural workers and a museum, and a row of seated statues commemorate the martyrs. The annual Tolpuddle Martyrs festival is held in the village in the third weekend of July. An ancient sycamore tree on the village green, known as the Martyrs' Tree, is said to be the place where the Martyrs swore their oath. It is cared for by the National Trust.
Tolpuddle parish church is dedicated to St John the Evangelist and dates from the 13th century.
- Pitt-Rivers, Michael, 1969. Dorset. London: Faber & Faber.
- "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
- "Tolpuddle Martyrs village tree pruning carried out". news.bbc.co.uk. BBC News. 7 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- West Dorset Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1983. p. 21.
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