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.
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.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.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.'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.
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.
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.