A narrow lane loops off the Bridport to Beaminster road and helps to give Netherbury the peace it deserves. Where the river Brit rushes under a bridge in the valley, there is a breathtaking view of the church high up on the hillside, overlooking the roofs of the houses dotted on the slopes.

St. Mary's Church, Netherbury, DorsetKing Edgar (958-974) is said to have given Netherburie to the See of Sherborne. In the Domesday Book (1086) Niderberie belonged to the Bishopric of Sarum.

It was once one of the largest parishes in Dorset, as it included Melplash till 1857 and Beaminster till 1849, and Mapperton was formerly attached.

The first known vicar was William de Vicumbe, who occurs in 1295. The present church is two or three generations later.

The Tower and Chancel are 15thC; the Font late 12thC. and the Piscina 13thC.  The Nave has 14thC. arcades north and south.

Netherbury was the home of the Hood family of seafarers, Lieutenant Arthur Hood (1755 - 1775), Captain Alexander Hood (1758-1798) and Admiral Sir Samuel Hood (1762 - 1814), the sons of Samuel Hood, Purser, R.N.

Close by is Parnham House, for 300 years the home of the Strode family. Built in the 16th century and altered in the 18th, it has had many owners since 1896.

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