The village of Charminster, not to be confused with the Bournemouth suburb of the same name, is proud of its identity and dislikes being linked with its neighbor, Dorchester on the other side of the River Frome. In 1960 a roman villa with mosaic pavement was unearthed in the village, so even then it probably served as a dormitory town for its larger neighbor.

The magnificent Wolfeton house at Charminster was the home of the Trenchards from 1480 until the late 18th century. The house was built by Sir Thomas Trenchard in 1505 and remodeled in the time of James I. No other Dorset house has inspired so many tales of ghosts and hauntings.

The church is 12th century with a Norman chancel arch and nave arcades supported in typical rounded Norman pillars. The tower was added in the 15th century. The river Cerne flows underneath the church.

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