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Powerstock Dorset

The beliefs of Powerstock…

…Listed in the Doomsday book 1086 as “Povrestoch”, The village changed to “Poorstock” until the Brideport Railway arrived in 1857, then due to financial connotations with ‘poor’ (rolling stock), it became “Powerstock.” It’s current name dates back to 1787. The Ancient Church dates back to C 12th prior to  which, belief is, a castle stood on the site. The 1st King of England’s remains are only several minutes walk from the pub. Powerstock Common & Forest was one of 80 Royal forests created by the Normans during 11th – 13th centuries. Nearby Eggardon Hill is an  Iron Age Fort (14 hectares) once used by the smuggler Issac Gulliver (1745 – 1822)

As a shipping landmark. The common & hill walk is amongst the top 12 top walks in Dorset. As for the pub, sources show it was once called the ‘Farriers Arms’ and existed possibly as far back as the C 17th. Two fires have razed the building, last being rebuilt in 1906. The current name has an association with the ‘ Worshipful Company of farriers’ coat of arms (three horseshoes) dating back to 1356. The story goes that King Charles 1 introduced a tax on every fourth horseshoe – clearly all horses have four legs, so innkeepers decided to make a clear gesture of their own to the King (No tax here your highness!). One murder is known to have occurred, but listening to the locals there could be more! We are sure more history exists, but for now please enjoy you visit to the area!

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