Located in the Shadow of Poundbury Hill, looking across the water meadows of the River Frome, Bradford Peverell was, in 1698, the birthplace of John Hutchins, (1698-1773), Dorset's most famous historian. Any one who has made a serious study of the history of Dorset cannot have failed to consult the monumental work by Hutchins, first published in 1774, the result of over 40 years labour whilst serving the church in several Dorset parishes.

The church of St. Mary's dates from 1850, having been designed by Decimus Burton in a 13th-14th century style. The east window even has fragments of 13th and 14th century glass taken from New College, Oxford. The church is unusual for Dorset in that it is one of the few in the county with a spire, a fact which has recently been brought to the attention of a wider audience as doubts have been raised regarding its safety. Dr. Howley, once a rector here, rose to become Archbishop of Canterbury and it was he who crowned Queen Victoria.

About a mile and a half south of the village, alongside the old road to Dorchester the visitor will find the New Barn Field Centre. This living museum is a recreated Iron Age homestead with displays on the Celts who lived on Poundbury Hill. There is also a Nature trail, visitor centre with working pottery, coffee shop and restaurant.

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