Sturminster Marshall is a village and civil parish in east Dorset in England, situated on the River Stour between Blandford Forum and Poole. The parish had a population of 1,895 at the 2001 census, increasing to 1,969 at the 2011 Census and includes the village of Almer ( ) west of Sturminster Marshall, near Winterborne Zelston and the hamlet of Henbury to the south-east of the village. The village is twinned with the French commune of Sainte-Mère-Église in Normandy. The appropriate electoral ward is called 'Stour'. From Sturminster Marshall the ward goes east to Pamphill, with a total population of 2,582.
St Mary's Church
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Sturminster Marshall has a 13th century church, St. Mary's. Its predecessor contributed to the village's name; 'Sturminster' meaning "church on the River Stour". The second part of the name came from William Marshall. Until 1857, St. Hubert's Church in Corfe Mullen acted as a chapel of ease to Sturminster Marshall.
Sturminster Marshall has a playing field with a children's playground in one corner. Nearby is the Memorial Hall which offers a meeting-space for many village societies. There is also an old school hall which is also used as a meeting-space.
There are many walks around the village including the Stour Valley Way, which follows the Stour right from the source to the sea.
The village has two pubs: the Red Lion within the village and the Golden Fox on the outskirts.
The village has a cricket club with a side in Dorset division 3. There is also a football club with a senior side and several junior teams.
- "2001 Census: Key Statistics: Parish Headcounts: Area: Sturminster Marshall CP (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 June 2008.
- "Stour Ward 2011". Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- Welcome to the Bridge Benefice at bridgebeneficedorset.org. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
- St Huberts History at parishofcorfemullen.com. Retrieved 4 March 2021.
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