Piddletrenthide gets its extraordinary name from being on the River Piddle, and its assessment for thirty hides at Domesday. Piddletrenthide is a very long village and divided into three tithings. The church and manor house is the upper tithing, another group of cottages form the middle, and the third, White Lackington.

Piddletrenthide has one of the finest village churches in Dorset with a splendid 15th century tower and gruesome gargoyles under its battlements. The south doorway is Norman, so are the piers of the chancel arch. The coloring of the church exterior is one of its charms. The grey, yellow and browns in the walls contrast with the distant green of the downs.

An interesting story is attributed to one John Bridges, a famous silversmith who lived here in the 19th century. An iron grille which James I set above the tomb of his mother, Mary Queen of Scots, in Westminster Abbey in 1613 was thrown on a rubbish heap in 1811 when James Wyatt, who took a delight in destroying restorations of Gothic churches, had it removed. Fifteen years later, John Bridges bought it for #10 and installed it as his home in Piddletrenthide, where it remained until the late 1920s.

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