Sturminster Marshall is a village on the river Stour in Dorset. The village has a population of about 2,000 and there is evidence of activity here from as early as the Iron Age.
"Sturminstre" or Stourminster is mentioned in Domesday and takes its name from the river and the "Minster" church. The present Norman church is believed to be on the site of an earlier Saxon building. The church was heavily restored in the Victorian era. "Marshall" was added to the name after William Earl Marshal of England was given the manner of Sturminstre by King John in 1204.
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