The church at West Parley on the muddy river bank is sometimes impassable because generations of cattle have churned up the mud. It stands proudly, with a small timber belfry, in a field. The ancient walls bear stone of Norman and Saxon origin, and the door was made when the Domesday Book was new.

Nearby is Dudsbury Camp, an ancient site overlooking the Stour, from which the Ancient Britons guarded the ford across the river.

Although Dudsbury was named after a Saxon called Dude, it was first fortified by men 150 years before the birth of Christ. Today it is still a camp, but for a more friendly people. Girl Guides fill its vast sward each summer with giggling girls singing around camp fires.

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