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Welcome to Askerswell
Everything you could want to know about our beautiful village
About half a mile from the bustling A35, this charming village rests at the eastern end of the Benefice in a valley surrounded by picturesque chalk downland. While over half of the houses and bungalows were constructed post-1960s, the village maintains its beauty, complemented by the presence of the youthful River Asker flowing through its center. The church stands prominently with its impressive 15th-century tower overseeing the valley, although the Victorian nave and chancel are less conspicuous. Church bells chime during most services.
Despite the closure of the school in the 1960s, the village thrives as a warm and tightly-knit community. Residents are well-supported by an active village hall and the friendly Spyway Inn pub. With approximately 72 houses in the parish, about half of the inhabitants work outside the village. Children commute by bus to Loders C.E. Primary Academy and the Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport.
Regular social gatherings, fundraising events for the village hall and church, and various entertainment activities are staples in the community. The village hall hosts table tennis, community lunches, and a popular model railway club. Additionally, a Dial a Ride bus service connects the village to Bridport, while a convenient hourly service on the A35 links Bridport, Dorchester, and Weymouth.
In recent years, the village farms have evolved, with only two serving as the primary income source for their owners. Alongside this shift, a furniture designer operates a workshop, and several individuals work part-time from home. Some holiday lets and second homes also contribute to the village’s character.
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