getting to Tolpuddle Methodist Chapel


Tolpuddle Methodist Chapel
Main Road
DT2 7

Tolpuddle village can be found just south of the A35 (known locally as the Tolpuddle By-pass) around nine miles East of Dorchester in Dorset. The Chapel is to the eastern end of the village: Main Road, as the name suggests, is the principal road running through the village. There are clear signposts from the A35.


It is easiest to approach the village from the eastern end by turning off the A35 at Tolpuddle Ball, the junction with the B3390, and follow the signs for the village. The Chapel is on the left around 200m after the first houses.

For a quieter approach, go to Puddletown first and head east from there on the the old A35 through Athelhampton. On entering Tolpuddle you will pass the TUC Museum on the left: go right though the village to the far end where the Chapel is on the right of the road, with its thought provoking display stands providing an opportunity  for personal reflection.

Tolpuddle gets its name from the River Piddle which flows through the village.

Local legend states that the original name "Tolpiddle" was changed to the more polite "Tolpuddle" for fear of offending Queen Victoria when she visited.

Puddletown was also renamed at the same time, but (thankfully) Piddletrenthide is still with us!

While the changes may have been made for reasons of decency, the "puddle" form of the village names were in use long before Victoria was born.

The river is still known as The Piddle, meaning a shallow, marshy or boggy river.