Shaping The Future Of Our Community Together
SENSE of PLACE
2.
The village mill pond and thatched cottages in the 1940s
Weymouth beach in the 1920s
In Dorset, The Complete Guide, Sutton Poyntz is described as: Right up under the hills. Its large mill-pond has been a beauty spot since visitors first came to Weymouth in the 18th century. The mill and village in Hardy’s Trumpet Major are partly based on Sutton Poyntz, and photographs taken before most of the cottages on the far side of the pond were altered and reroofed show it was then one of the prettiest spots in Dorset.[Ref 4] This short paragraph captures the essence of Sutton Poyntz, as well as the contradictions: the intimate relationship with its landscape and the industrial legacy that has enhanced rather than damaged the pastoral setting; a quintessential English country village next to a bustling seaside town; a magnet for visitors, and an inspiration for authors and artists, but lacking significant buildings or important history. Sutton Poyntz sits in unspoilt countryside; a rural landscape shaped by thousands of years of habitation, marked by farming and industry, adjacent to a busy Georgian seaside town. It is both separate and integral to Weymouth, taking advantage of the transport links and facilities, while supplying the water that nourishes its population, and offering a tranquil green space within a few miles of the beaches, attractions and funfairs.
Sutton Poyntz Place Appraisal
© Sutton Poyntz Society 2017/8 and Ordnance Survey. OS maps reproduced here under licence 100024307.