English Heritage The 2012 flooding of Havelins (c) George McCavitt, 2012 Early Hod Hill & Stourpaine map



Hod Hill, the Ancient Iron Age Fortress

Hod   Hill    is   situated   in   the   parish,   north   west   of   the   village   where   it   stands   modestly   beside   its supposedly   more   exalted   neighbour,   Hambledon .   The   latter,   200   feet   higher   and   older   by   centuries   than Hod ,   could   also   boast   that   General   Wolfe's   troops   trained   on   its   slopes   before   going   to   Canada   to   storm the   Heights   of   Abraham   to   defeat   the   French.   On   the   other   hand,   Hod   has   the   distinction   of   extending   to an   area   of   54   acres   on   its   summit   compared   with   Hambledon 's   30   acres   and   is   in   fact   the   largest   of Dorset's   hill   forts.   It   is   also   unique   in   having   served   as   a   strategic   Roman   fort   following   Vespasian's invasion   in   AD   43-44 .   In   the   period   of   1951-58 ,   each   summer,   Professor   Sir   Ian   Richmond   carried   out large   scale   excavations   for   the   British   Museum.   Many   artefacts   were   discovered   as   Richmond   and   his student   helpers   brought   the   secrets   of   ancient   history   to   the   surface.   The   top   of   Hod   Hill    is   now   owned by the National Trust .

The River Stour

The   River   Stour    is   a   60.5   mile   long   river   which   flows   through   Wiltshire   and   Dorset   and drains   into   the   English   Channel.   It   is   sometimes   called   the   Dorset   Stour    to   distinguish it   from   other   rivers   of   the   same   name.   The   source   of   the   river   is   at   Stourhead   in   Wiltshire   where   it   forms   a   series   of   artificial lakes   which   are   part   of   the   Stourhead   Estate,   owned   by   the   National   Trust.   It   flows   south   into   Dorset   through   the   Blackmore Vale   and   the   towns   of   Gillingham   and   Sturminster   Newton   where   it   is   joined   by   the   River   Lydden   and   at   Stourpaine    where   it   is joined   by   the   River   Iwerne .   At   Blandford   Forum   the   river   breaks   through   the   chalk   ridge   of   the   Dorset   Downs,   and   from   there flows   south   east   into   the   heathlands   of   South   East   Dorset.   At   Wimborne   Minster   it is   joined   by   the   River   Allen,   and   at   its   estuary   at   Christchurch   it   is   joined   by   the Hampshire Avon before it flows into the sea.

Iwerne Brook

The   Iwerne    Brook   flows   through   the   western   part   of   the   Parish   to   join   the   River Stour ,   a   little   to   the   south   west   of   the   village.   Some   properties   on   the   western edge of the village are susceptible to flooding from these rivers. See: Hammoon River Station (3306) readings See: Blandford St Mary River Station (3305) readings  See: Flooding Our Flood Warden is Derek Gardiner The Environment Agency's Floodline is T: 08459 881 188 Quick dial for the Blandford area: 045121
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Stourpaine is our village in the Blackmore Vale in North Dorset, England, on the River Stour

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