Place:Tolpuddle, Dorset, England


Alt namesPidelesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 96
Coordinates50.933°N 2.317°W
Located inDorset, England
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Tolpuddle is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is situated in the Piddle valley east of Dorchester, the county town, and west of Poole. The village has a population of 331 (2001).

The village is famous as the home of the Tolpuddle Martyrs who were sentenced to transported to Australia after they formed a trade union in 1833. A row of cottages, housing agricultural workers and a museum, and a row of seated statues commemorate the martyrs. The annual Tolpuddle Martyrs festival is held in the village in the third weekend of July.

Tolpuddle parish church is dedicated to St John the Evangelist and dates from the 13th century.

In 1999 the A35 trunk road, which cuts through south Dorset, was moved to bypass the village.

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