Tolpuddle Dorchester
Dorchester Road
Dorset DT2
 
 
 

Tolpuddle would be just another small, pretty Dorset village along the River Piddle if it had not been the home of six extraordinary men known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

These men were 19th century agricultural labourers who tried to organise a living wage for farm workers but were tried and transported to Australia for their trouble.
 
Tolpuddle is now celebrated as the birthplace of the Trade Union movement.
 
Doomsday Book
Tolpuddle is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 and is within ‘a conservation area’ which means that it retains many of its old buildings, some six hundred years old. Even the new houses in the village are built in traditional style (flint facings with slate roofs, or rendered and thatched).
 
The parish church is 12th century with 13th and 14th century additions.
 
Tolpuddle Martyrs Sites 
The tourist foci of this village are the places where the ‘martyrs’ lived and met.
 
The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum occupies the central house in a row of cottages built to house agricultural workers by the Co-operative Wholesale Society trade union in 1934. They were built to commemorate the centenary of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
 
On the village green is a large sycamore tree, now protected by the National Trust, known as the Martyrs’ Tree. The grave of James Hammett can be found in the west corner of St John’s churchyard. Thomas Standfield’s cottage where the group met, still survives.
 
Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival
The Tolpuddle Martyrs' Festival is held annually on the 3rd Sunday in July.
 
The local pub was built in 1930 and despite it being called The Martyrs Inn, it has no connection with the ‘martyrs’. Nevertheless, it is a good place to call in for a spot of refreshment. 
 
Plan Your Visit
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Further Information
A website with excellent information for both locals and visitors is at:
 
Getting There
- By Car
Tolpuddle is on the B3390/Dorchester Road eight miles (13 km) east of Dorchester and 12 miles (19 km) west of Poole. The A35 used to pass through the village but the road now by-passes it.
 
- By Public Transport
By Bus
Information on services can be obtained on the Tourist Information website  Web:  Bournemouth Public Transport
Bournemouth to Weymouth buses stop at Tolpuddle.
 
By Rail
The nearest mainline services stop in Dorchester.
 
Google Map - Tolpuddle Village