Toller Porcorum

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Toller Porcorum
Farmland and church, Toller Porcorum - - 126332.jpg
Toller Porcorum viewed from the south
Toller Porcorum is located in Dorset
Toller Porcorum
Toller Porcorum
Toller Porcorum shown within Dorset
Population307 [1]
OS grid referenceSY561980
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDorchester
Postcode districtDT2
Dialling code01300
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°46′46″N 2°37′18″W / 50.7795°N 2.6218°W / 50.7795; -2.6218Coordinates: 50°46′46″N 2°37′18″W / 50.7795°N 2.6218°W / 50.7795; -2.6218

Toller Porcorum is a village and civil parish in West 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]

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;[2] the village was in the past sometimes known as Swines Toller,[3] 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 [1].

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

The village pub, The Old Swan, was closed by the brewery some years ago and has not re-opened. Attempts by the brewery to obtain planning permission to demolish the pub and erect housing have been rejected by the local council. Requests by a local cooperative to re-open the pub have been turned down by the brewery.


  1. ^ a b "Area: Toller Porcorum (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  2. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP40/647;; first entry, seen as "Tolre Porcorum", the home of William Coterych, husbandman
  3. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; National Archives; CP40/ 629;; 5th entry, first defendant John Skynnere, husbandman, of Swynyn Tollere

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