|In the heart of North Dorset’s ‘Hardy country’ are the seven Hamlets of Droop, Kingston, Parkgate, Pidney, Pleck, Wonston and Woodrow that combine to make the village of Hazelbury Bryan.
We are situated five miles from Sturminster Newton and twelve miles from Blandford Forum.
Hazelbury Bryan is a bustling community, so please use this website to find out more about our wonderful village and the Council, clubs, societies, venues and activities it offers.
Hazelbury Bryan is a charming, peacfull parish tucked away amongst the rolling hills of the Blackmore Vale.
The village is the quintessential settlement of rural living and has been inhabited since before the 13th Century.
||A healthy blend of old and new combine to make Hazelbury Bryan a perfect place to live, work and holiday in calm, tranquil and safe surroundings, far away from the madding crowds.
The name of the village is derived from "haselbere" ("hazel wood") and Sir Guy de Bryan of Woodsford Castle, who gave his name to the village in the 14th century when he married the daughter of the First Earl of Salisbury. The original settlement in the village is the hamlet of Droop, which is the location of the parish church. The church, which is not the first on the site, dates mostly from the 15th century.
The other hamlets in the village are believed to have originated as a result of the Black Death twice afflicting the original settlement, and the villagers responding by burning it and rebuilding several smaller settlements on higher ground nearby.