To the south of Piddletrenthide on the road to Dorchester, at a picturesque crossroads, lies Piddlehinton, where stands an ancient hollowed oak overlooked by a church dedicated in the 13th century, but whose building is mainly 15th and 19th century.

During the 19th century it was the custom to distribute bread, mince pies and a pint of ale on Old Christmas Day, (Jan 6th). In 1838 a disapproving parson put a stop to it and the angry villagers smashed the church windows. The floor and walls of the church chancel are out of true, a 'weeping chancel' leaning to the right. The same way that the head of Jesus rested when he was on the Cross.

Wartime huts beside the Dorchester approach to the village was occupied from 26th November 1944 to just before Christmas that year by the United States 262nd Infantry Division and part of the American 66th Infantry Division.

They then left for Southampton, having been assigned the task of removing the Germans who were left behind in western France, to clear the Bretagne peninsula and capturing the U-boat pens at Brest. One of its captains had other ideas and U-486 torpedoed the troopship Leopoldville, a Belgian passenger liner, off Cherbourg. The Christmas Eve sinking caused the deaths of 802 United States troops.

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