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