Toller Porcorum

Last updated

Toller Porcorum
Farmland and church, Toller Porcorum - - 126332.jpg
Toller Porcorum viewed from the south
Dorset UK location map.svg
Red pog.svg
Toller Porcorum
Location within Dorset
Population307  [1]
OS grid reference SY561980
Unitary authority
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Dorchester
Postcode district DT2
Dialling code 01300
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°46′46″N2°37′18″W / 50.7795°N 2.6218°W / 50.7795; -2.6218

Toller Porcorum ( /pɔːrˈkɔːrəm/ ) is a village and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated in the Toller valley 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Dorchester. In the 2011 census the civil parish—which also includes the small settlements of Higher and Lower Kingcombe to the north—had a population of 307. [1]



A rural and slowly growing area with a population of 307 [1] Toller Porcorum is a village of approximately 160 households [2]


Like the other Toller villages of Toller Fratrum and Toller Whelme, the name was taken from the river, which is now known as the Hooke. The addition Porcorum means of the pigs in Latin; [3] the village was in the past sometimes known as Swines Toller, [4] but more often as Great Toller.

Toller Porcorum is also an ancient Anglican ecclesiastical parish. The church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Andrew and is remarkable for the "drooping chancel". [5]

From 1862 to 1975 the village had a railway station on the Bridport Railway.

The Old Swan

The village pub, The Old Swan, was closed by the brewery in 1999 and has since been converted into a private dwelling. Skittles was played there. [6]

The village hall

The village has an active village hall, with its own website, which prior to COVID-19 hosted a range of events. /

Notable people

Despite its small size the village has been home to a number of notable people. George of Clarence (famous for having been mysteriously drowned in a butt of Malmsey wine) was at one point the owner of the majority of the village.[ citation needed ]

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Middleton, Milton Keynes</span> District of Milton Keynes, England

Middleton is a district of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, and part of the historic civil parish of Milton Keynes. The district is centred on Milton Keynes Village, the village that gave its name to the City of Milton Keynes, which surrounds it extensively. The village also gives its name to the local civil parish, of which Middleton is the more populated district. It is delineated by Childs Way to the north, Tongwell Street to the east, Chaffron Way to the south and Brickhill Street to the west. The River Ouzel runs diagonally through it, from west to north.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stourton Caundle</span> Human settlement in England

Stourton Caundle is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southwest England. It lies within the Blackmore Vale, about five miles east of Sherborne. In the 2011 census the parish had 181 households and a population of 439.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Durweston</span> Human settlement in England

Durweston is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It lies two miles northwest of the town of Blandford Forum. It is sited by the River Stour at the point where it flows out of the Blackmore Vale through a steep, narrow gap between the Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 398.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ash, Dover District</span> Village and civil parish in the Dover district of east Kent, England

Ash is a village and civil parish in the Dover district of east Kent about three miles west of Sandwich.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mavis Enderby</span> Hamlet and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England

Mavis Enderby is a hamlet and civil parish in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It lies in the Lincolnshire Wolds, 4.5 miles (7 km) east from Horncastle.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Arlesey</span> Human settlement in England

Arlesey is a town and civil parish in Bedfordshire. It is near the border with Hertfordshire, about three miles north-west of Letchworth Garden City, four miles north of Hitchin and six miles south of Biggleswade. Arlesey railway station provides services to London, Stevenage and Peterborough. The Domesday Book mentions Arlesey. The town's name means the 'island of a man named Aelfric'.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Battlesden</span> Human settlement in England

Battlesden is a hamlet and civil parish in the Central Bedfordshire district of Bedfordshire, England. It is just north of the A5, between Dunstable and Milton Keynes. According to the 2001 census, it had a population of 38. Because of its low electorate, it has a parish meeting rather than a parish council. It is in the civil parish of Milton Bryan.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Milton Ernest</span> Human settlement in England

Milton Ernest is a village and civil parish in Bedfordshire, England, about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Bedford itself. It had a population of 754 in 2001. This had risen to 761 according to the 2011 census. The village is situated on the east bank of the River Great Ouse, and is the site of Milton Ernest Hall, which was used as the United States Eighth Air Force's support command headquarters in the Second World War.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ravenstonedale</span> Human settlement in England

Ravenstonedale is a village and large civil parish in Cumbria, on the watershed between the River Lune and River Eden. The village lies 4 miles (6 km) south west of Kirkby Stephen. The parish includes the village of Newbiggin-on-Lune and several smaller settlements including Bowderdale, Brownber, Greenside, Stennerskeugh, Wath and Weasdale. Large areas of moorland lie within the parish, extending 5 miles (8 km) south west of the village to the northern side of the Howgill Fells. The parish had a population of 570 in 2001, increasing to 594 at the 2011 Census.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Baslow and Bubnell</span>

Baslow and Bubnell is a civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire in England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,185, falling slightly to 1,178 at the 2011 Census. The parish is in the Peak District National Park and covers Baslow and Bubnell.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Trottiscliffe</span> Human settlement in England

Trottiscliffe is a village in Kent, England about 2.5 miles (4 km) north west of West Malling.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chislet</span> Human settlement in England

Chislet is an English village and civil parish in northeast Kent between Canterbury and the Isle of Thanet. The parish is the second largest in the district. A former spelling, 'Chistlet', is seen in 1418. The population of the civil parish includes the hamlet of Marshside. Most of the land use is fertile agricultural and a significant minority of the land is marsh where low-lying.

Womenswold is a village and civil parish centred 7 miles (11 km) south-east of Canterbury, Kent, England, 1 mile to the east of the A2 road. The parish consists of three hamlets: Womenswold, Woolage Village and Woolage Green.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sharpenhoe</span> Human settlement in England

Sharpenhoe is a small village in Bedfordshire, England, at the foot of the hills known as the Sharpenhoe Clappers, which are within the Chilterns AONB. Smithcombe, Sharpenhoe and Sundon Hills are a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and most of it is a National Trust property. It is in the civil parish of Streatley.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wothersome</span> Village and civil parish in West Yorkshire, England

Wothersome is a civil parish in the City of Leeds metropolitan borough, West Yorkshire, England. It is south of Wetherby, north east of Leeds and west of Bramham. It has a population of 40. From the 2011 Census the village is shown as being in the Harewood ward of Leeds Metropolitan Council.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">St John's Jerusalem</span> Manor House in Kent, England

St John's Jerusalem or Sutton-at-Hone Preceptory is a National Trust property at Sutton-at-Hone, Kent, England which includes the 13th century chapel of the Knights Hospitaller and a garden moated by the River Darent. The chapel and garden are open to the public.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Preston Gubbals</span> Human settlement in England

Preston Gubbalds is a small village in Shropshire, England. It lies on the A528 Shrewsbury-Ellesmere road and is in the parish of Pimhill.

Thomas Rodborne DD was an English medieval churchman and university chancellor.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Spencer Combe</span> Historic estate in Devon, England

Spencer Combe in the parish of Crediton, Devon, is an historic estate. The grade II listed farmhouse known today as "Spence Combe", the remnant of a former mansion house, is situated 3 miles north-west of the town of Crediton.


  1. 1 2 3 "Area: Toller Porcorum (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics . Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  2. "Toller Porcorum". Toller Porcorum. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  3. Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP40/647;; first entry, seen as "Tolre Porcorum", the home of William Coterych, husbandman
  4. Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP40/ 629;; 5th entry, first defendant John Skynnere, husbandman, of Swynyn Tollere
  5. Dorset Historic Churches Trust: Toller Porcorum
  6. "Jack Hargreaves explains a use for Hornbeam", Old Country, 1984