Broadmayne is a popular village in a rural Dorset setting. It is situated on the A352 around 5 miles east of the centre of Dorchester, Dorset’s County Town, and less than five miles from Dorset’s exciting Jurassic Coast. At the last count it had a population of 1250 living in 519 households.
Surrounded by farm-land the village benefits from a flourishing First School, a thriving local shop and Post Office, a village pub, a very busy village hall, a Parish Church and a Methodist church. Beside the hall there is a playing field used regularly by a local football team, a much frequented and appreciated tennis court, fitness equipment and a children’s play area. The Parish Council also has a set of allotments for hire by Broadmayne residents.
Like most villages the settlement has developed over time (See the separate page about our history). Several early Cob and Thatch cottages remain, to which other housing has been added. Broadmayne underwent quite an expansion in the 1960s when several small estates were added to accommodate the families of some of the many scientists that moved into the area to work at Winfrith, then a test site for a variety of new nuclear reactor designs. One popular area is comprised entirely of bungalows. New houses have continued to be added in small numbers.
Broadmayne is criss-crossed by early Drove roads, now mainly bridleways, which together with a network of rights-of-way provide many interesting opportunities for walks, whether you own a dog or not.
On the rest of our website you will be able to explore further the many activities and services on offer, that make Broadmayne the popular, thriving, village that it is today.