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Puddletown (formerly Piddletown) is a village and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district about 5 miles (8 km) east of Dorchester. It is in the valley of the River Piddle, from which it derives its name. In 2012 the estimated population of the civil parish was 1,410. Figures from the 2011 census have been published for Puddletown parish combined with the small parish of Athelhampton to the east; the population in this area was 1,405.

Puddletown is called "Weatherbury" in Thomas Hardy's novel Far From the Madding Crowd. Tryphena Sparks, Thomas Hardy's cousin, who was the inspiration for Hardy's poem Thoughts of Phena at News of Her Death, lived in Puddletown.


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