Parish church of St Juthware and St Mary
 Halstock shown within Dorset
Population 546 [1]
OS grid referenceST538080
DistrictWest Dorset
Shire countyDorset
RegionSouth West
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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Coordinates: 50°52′07″N 2°39′20″W / 50.8687°N 2.6555°W / 50.8687; -2.6555

Halstock is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Yeovil in Somerset. It lies on the route of the ancient Harrow Way.[2] In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 546.[1]

Halstock formerly constituted a liberty, containing only the parish itself. It was the site of the martyrdom of Saint Juthwara (Juthware),[3] and a Romano-British Villa, excavated between 1967-1985.[4][5]

The village formerly had two inns, both now closed - "The New Inn" (New Inn Farm), which closed in the late 1950s,[6] and the unusually named "The Quiet Woman" (usually taken as a reference to St Juthware), which closed in the mid 1990s.

In July 2012, Halstock's Parish church of St Mary was rededicated by the Bishop of Sherborne to become "St Juthware and St Mary", in recognition of the local tradition. Much of the church was rebuilt in 1770, with only the 15th-century west tower not being affected. The nave and chancel were rebuilt again on separate dates in the 19th century.[7]

Halstock lies within an electoral ward of the same name, which also contains several nearby parishes including Corscombe, Evershot and Hilfield. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 1,848.[8] This ward is one of 32 that comprise the West Dorset parliamentary constituency, which is currently represented in the UK national parliament by the Conservative Oliver Letwin.

See also

List of liberties in Dorset


  1. 1 2 "Area: Halstock (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. Lemmey, A History of Halstock, pg.2
  3. Lemmey, pp.8-11
  4. Lemmey, pp.2-6
  5. Lucas, The Romano-British villa at Halstock, Dorset Excavations 1967-1985
  6. Lemmey, pg.47
  7. "'Halstock', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1: West (1952), pp. 121-122". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  8. "Halstock". ukcensusdata.com. Retrieved 26 February 2015.


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