Broadwindsor is one of many West Dorset villages with a tale to tell about the future King Charles II's flight after the battle of Worcester. He was staying in the little village inn dressed as a lady's servant when a party of Parliamentary troops arrived and demanded accommodation. The prince was forced to wait until the troops had all retired for the night before being able to steal quietly away. The Castle Inn was burned down in 1856 but a cottage on the site carries a plaque commemorating the stay.

The village also remembers with pride the Reverend Thomas Fuller who made his congregation roar with laughter during his sermons. A rare event in the 1600's. Because of his humorous writings he was known as 'Quaint Old Tom Fuller'

The centre of Broadwindsor is made up of mainly period houses and pretty cottages. It has a post office, general stores, public house and a church. There is an interesting craft centre nearby featuring the many local crafts and a recommended cafe/restaurant.

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