Amongst lush north Dorset meadow land and hills gentle and rounded, lies Buckland Newton - a timeless place which has known Roman and Saxon habitation.

Saxon law was administered by the King and approved by the Witan, Bocland being land given under charter by the King, distinct from folkland occupied by right of common law. As the village grew, it became known as Niweton and Bocland, The new town and land held under charter

The church with 13th century chancel has a rude carving of a saint above its door. Dug up in the vicarage garden, it could have belonged to a church built there over a thousand years ago, and the figure is possibly St. Thomas. A pleasant little room with a fireplace above the porch, reached by a winding stair, is thought to have been used by monks who came over from Glastonbury to preach. Because the church is not built exactly east-west a sundial has been placed crookedly on the porch wall.

Those who love the writings of William Barnes will tarry awhile at a tablet in memory of Thomas Barnes, who died eight years after Shakespeare. He was a wealthy ancestor of William, who was born of a more humble farming family, but who made the vale of Blackmore, in which Buckland lies, famous by his poetry. In 1937 Buckland Newton was chosen by the BBC as a typical Dorset village.

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