Stourton Caundle

Stourton Caundle is a tranquil Dorset village – enjoyed by locals, passers by, and holidaymakers.

Though four centuries of change, The Trooper Inn has continued to serve as the hub of the community.

  • The Caundles

    The Caundles

    Stourton Caundle is one of several settlements in the area to bear the name "Caundle". Sir Henry de Haddon bought land and founded a manor here in 1202, and the resultant settlement was called "Caundel Haddon" or "Caundle Haddon". In 1461 the manor passed to the Stourton family.
  • A Gory Story

    A Gory Story

    The original manor (now gone) is reputed to have been known as Stourton Castle where, in 1557, Lord Charles Stourton ordered his servants to murder two men and their bodies were hidden in the cellar. Stourton (and four of his servants) were executed at Salisbury market place.
  • A More Pleasant Tale

    A More Pleasant Tale

    Manor Farm, from the 17th century, is opposite The Trooper Inn.
    In the 1950s it was owned by Enid Blyton and provided the setting and inspiration for her book 'Five on Finniston Farm' - part of the Famous Five series.
  • Peace and Poetry

    Peace and Poetry

    'At Peace day, who but we should goo
    To Caundle vor an hour or two...'wrote William Barnes, following the Battle of Waterloo. Barnes was a contemporary of Thomas Hardy and was born in the local village of Bagber where his 'Girt Woak Tree' still stands.
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The Trooper Inn was long ago known as the Catherine Wheel.
In the early 19th century, the pub was used as a signing-on point for soldiers heading for the Napoleonic Wars and became known as The Trooper Inn.
Many of the existing cottages in Stourton Caundle date from around that time.

The parish church is of interest with its thirteenth-century nave and chancel, and fourteenth-century tower.

Present Day

Today Stourton Caundle is a thriving village community with its own magazine – The Stourton Caundler.

Stourton Caundle also has its own village website, from which some of the above information was gratefully borrowed.

Takeaway Collection Times

Wednesdays - Village Hot Pot
6pm to 7pm
Fridays - Fish & Chips
6pm to 7.30pm

Mother's Day Special
Sunday 14th March - 1pm to 2pm.

Orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance.

COVID-19 Update

Sadly, due to the current lockdown, we are closed until the government decides it is safe for us to reopen fully.

Contact Us

The Trooper Inn ⚬ Stourton Caundle ⚬ Dorset ⚬ DT10 2JW
Phone: 01963 362405
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Camra-Award Camping and Caravan Club

Camping at The Trooper

Our campsite is currently closed, hoping to reopen summer 2021 subject to COVID-19 guidelines.