Beside the River Stour, two miles north of Blandford lies Durweston. To reach it you cross the narrow stone bridge which forms a T-junction with the A.350 Shaftesbury road. The bridge was built in 1795 by the Portman family who owned Bryanston, which is downstream and their housing estate is part of the Durweston village which spreads between the high ground and the water meadows.

In Domesday it had three vineyards and the 500 year old church has a curious sculpture over the door showing one man holding a three legged horse and another man showing a horseless leg. He is thought to be St. Eloy the patron saint of blacksmiths, who in church windows is frequently depicted as a farrier because, according to legend, he once removed a horse's leg to shoe it and afterwards replaced it.

St. Eloy acquired great skill in working precious metals. He worked in Limoges and when the king required a golden throne, Eloy went to Paris to carry out the work, but the king had supplied enough raw material to make two thrones. When the king paid Eloy for his fine workmanship, Eloy produced the second throne. The king, pleased with Eloy's honesty bade him swear allegiance, but he was unwilling. The king did not force the issue saying 'I would rather have the word of Eloy, then the oath of another man'. He made the goldsmith Master of the Mint. He became Bishop of Noyon and died in 659 AD.

In spite of its position by the Stour, with Stourpaine standing on the other bank, it is not a village which impresses with its beauty or architecture. It is, however, the back way into Bryanston Park and School.

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