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‘Dorset at its best’

That was Monica Hutchings’s description of Loders, and Ken Ayres’s photographs of the village show that it is hard to argue with her judgement

Church of St Mary Magdalene

The church of St Mary Magdalene was re-built in the 12th century by monks from the abbey of St Marie de Montebourg in Normandy.They had received the manor from the Earl of Devon.

The Village pub,the Loders Arms

The village pub, the Loders Arms, was the Farmers Arms within living memory and its sign shows a farmer at work.

Loders from the slopes of Boarsbarrow Hill.

Loders from the slopes of Boarsbarrow Hill.On the other side of the valley in which it lies is Waddon Hill.

the east window and the altar frontal

Both the east window and the altar frontal in St Mary Magdalene are striking examples of modern work in 800-year-old surroundings

 Loders Court

Loders Court was built in 1799 for Sir Evan Nepean, who is said to have entertained Nelson there.The south wall is 13 feet thick and in the cellar are the beginnings of a tunnel leading in the direction of the nearby church.

The River Asker

The River Asker runs through the village; one theory says that it was originally called the Lodour (meaning ‘pool stream’) and so gave its name to the village

Calvary, dating from the 15th century

In the south transept of the parish church is this rather battered but still powerful Calvary, dating from the 15th century

Pound Cottage

Pound Cottage.In such a cottage lived the village carpenter, Bill Symes, who had the job of making privies and apparently got into trouble for chasing young ladies under the pretext of measuring their derrières.

cottage in the village

Almost every cottage in the village would have had at least one outworker for the rope and net industry at Bridport, two miles away

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