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Photograph Donna King 2003

Tolpuddle (also called Tolpuddell & Tolpiddle) is a village and parish on the River Trent or Piddle. It is 7 miles north east from Dorchester.

These days it is famous for being the birthplace of the Tolpuddle Martyrs when six farm workers who had a wage of nine shillings a week tried to establish a trade union.

The parish church is a stone and flint building dedicated to St John.  The parish registers date from the year 1718, although the church is much older than this. It underwent a restoration in 1855.

In Victorian times the village contained a post office, a small Wesleyan chapel and a National School constructed in 1857. The 2040 acres of land are light loam and the chief crops used to be wheat, barley and roots. In 1891 the population was 288

The Burial ground. Donna King 2003

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Tolpuddle is Donna King

Census 1841 [Kim Parker]
1851 [John Ridout]
Parish Registers Baptisms 1719-1812, 1813-1882 [PR][Kim Parker]
Marriages 1719-1840 [PR] [Kim Parker]
Burials 1719-1812, 1813-1920 [PR]
[Kim Parker]
Postal Directories Harrod & Co 1865
Other Records Militia Lists 1756 & 1796
1807 Poll Book
Monumental Inscriptions
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Tolpuddle' under place search
For modern location maps visit:-
Mailing List To subscribe to the Tolpuddle e-mail list, send an e-mail message to the following address: with the word 'subscribe' as the subject


This plaque placed here by members of various trade unions affiliated to the Plymouth District Trades Council to commemorate the landing near this spot on 18th march 1838 of James Loveless, James Brine, Thomas and John Stanfield
(4 of the 6 Dorset farm workers after exile in Australia) "Freedom & justice was their cause"
5th May '95

Pictures from old postcards of Tolpuddle, this one circa 1950

Tolpuddle Village circa 1940's?? Martyrs Seat, Tolpuddle


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