Chaldon Herring

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Chaldon Herring
Chaldon Herring
Chaldon Herring is located in Dorset
Chaldon Herring
Chaldon Herring
 Chaldon Herring shown within Dorset
Population 140 
OS grid reference SY792833
Civil parish Chaldon Herring
District Purbeck
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BH20
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places

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Chaldon Herring or East Chaldon is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset, situated within the Purbeck administrative district about 8 miles (13 km) south-east of the county town Dorchester. It is sited 2 miles (3.2 km) from the coast in the chalk hills of the South Dorset Downs, the highest point in the area being Chaldon Hill about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the south overlooking the sea. In the 2011 census the civil parish had 59 households and a population of 140.[1]

In 1086 in the Domesday Book Chaldon Herring was recorded as Calvedone and, together with West Chaldon, appears in three entries.[2][3]

Chaldon Herring is notable for being the home of Llewelyn Powys, and his wife, Alyse Gregory. In 1925 the couple moved to Dorset: firstly to the Coastguard Cottages on White Nothe and then to the nearby farmhouse Chydyok, where his two sisters, the poet and novelist, Philippa Powys, and the artist, Gertrude Powys, occupied the adjacent cottage. Various other writers and artists lived in the village at different times, such as sisters Elizabeth Muntz, a sculptor, and author and historian Hope Muntz, who wrote The Golden Warrior, novelists Sylvia Townsend Warner and David Garnett, the poets Valentine Ackland and Gamel Woolsey, and the sculptor Stephen Tomlin. The novelist T. F. Powys, older brother of Llewelyn, lived in Chaldon from 1904 until 1940, when he moved to Mappowder because of the war.[4] Chaldon Herring was the inspiration for the fictitious village of Folly Down in his novel Mr. Weston's Good Wine and other works.[5] It was at Theodore Powys's house, that novelist Sylvia Townsend Warner first met the poet Valentine Ackland. Sylvia Townsend Warners's diaries record that they lived together in Frome Vauchurch from 1930 until Valentine's death in 1969. Sylvia Townsend Warner died May 1, 1978 at Frome Vauchurch.


  1. "Area: Chaldon Herring (Parish)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Dorset A-G". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 21 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Place: Chaldon [Herring] and [West] Chaldon". Open Domesday. Retrieved 21 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Richard Percival Graves,The Brothers Powys (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984), pp. 57, 305.
  5. Blamires, H.. A Guide to twentieth century literature in English. (London: Taylor & Francis, 1983), p.225.

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