|Alt names||Piddletown||source: BHA, Authority file (2003-)|
|Piretone||source: Domesday Book (1985) p 95|
|Located in||Dorset, England|
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Puddletown (formerly Piddletown) is a village in Dorset, England, 5 miles east of Dorchester in the River Piddle valley. The village has a population of 1,177 (2001), of which 30.3% are retired.
Puddletown was featured in the novel Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, where it was renamed as the village of Weatherbury. Tryphena Sparks, Thomas Hardy's cousin, who was the inspiration for Hardy's poem Thoughts of Phena at News of Her Death, lived in Puddletown.