Bishop's Caundle

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Bishop's Caundle
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Bishop's Caundle
Bishop's Caundle is located in Dorset
Bishop's Caundle
Bishop's Caundle
Bishop's Caundle shown within Dorset
Population390 [1]
OS grid referenceST693129
• London129 miles (208 km)
Civil parish
  • Bishop's Caundle
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSherborne
Postcode districtDT9
Dialling code01963
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°54′56″N 2°26′13″W / 50.91554°N 2.43697°W / 50.91554; -2.43697Coordinates: 50°54′56″N 2°26′13″W / 50.91554°N 2.43697°W / 50.91554; -2.43697

Bishop's Caundle is a small village and civil parish in the West Dorset district of Dorset in South West England; situated 6 miles (9.7 km) south-east of Sherborne. The local travel links are located 4 miles (6.4 km) from the village to Sherborne railway station and 28 miles (45 km) to Bournemouth International Airport. The main road running through the village is the A3030, connecting Bishop's Caundle to Sherborne. Dorset County Council's 2013 mid-year estimate of the population of the civil parish is 390.[1]


Older documents sometimes refer to the village as Caundle Bishop, although the origin of the name is unclear.[2]

The original settlements that are still present within Bishop's Caundle parish are Bishop's Caundle and Wake Caundle, until 1886 the parish contained parts of the neighbouring parish of Caundle Marsh, and there were parts of Bishop's Caundle parish within Caundle Marsh and Folke parishes.[3]

Cornford Bridge over Caundle Brook dates from around 1480 and is one of less than 200 medieval multi-span bridges to survive in England.[4]

According to Douglas Adams' humorous 1983 dictionary "The Meaning of Liff", a Bishop's Caundle is "An opening gambit before a game of chess whereby the missing pieces are replaced by small ornaments from the mantelpiece."[5]


In the United Kingdom national parliament, Bishop's Caundle is in the West Dorset parliamentary constituency, which is currently represented by Oliver Letwin of the Conservative Party. In local government, Bishop's Caundle is governed by Dorset County Council at the highest tier, West Dorset District Council at the middle tier, and Bishop's Caundle Parish Council at the lowest tier.[6]

In national parliament and district council elections, West Dorset is divided into 24 electoral wards, with Bishop's Caundle being within Queen Thorne ward;[7][8] in district council elections these 24 wards elect 42 councillors to West Dorset District Council, with Queen Thorne ward electing one of these.[7] The Conservative Party currently have overall control of the district council;[9] in county council elections, Bishop's Caundle is in Sherborne Rural Electoral Division, one of 42 divisions that elect councillors to Dorset County Council.[10]

Religious sites[edit]

The parish church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul. Parts of the building date from the 14th century and it has been designated as a Grade I listed building,[11] the parish is part of the Three Valleys benefice within the Diocese of Salisbury.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Bishop's Caundle Parish Plan" (PDF). Dorset County Council. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  3. ^ "'Bishop's Caundle', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 3, Central (London, 1970), pp. 13-16". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Cornford Bridge". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  5. ^ Adams, Douglas; Lloud, John (2013). The Meaning of Liff: The Original Dictionary Of Things There Should Be Words For. Pan Macmillan. p. 16. ISBN 9780752227597.
  6. ^ "Bishop's Caundle Parish Council". Dorset County Council. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  7. ^ a b "The West Dorset (Electoral Changes) Order 2015". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Gould, Robert". Dorset County Council. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  9. ^ "West Dorset district councillors". Dorset County Council. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Electoral division profiles 2013". Dorset County Council. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Church of St Peter and St Paul". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  12. ^ "Bishop's Caundle: (Dedication unknown), Bishop's Caundle". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 26 August 2016.

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