St Mary's Church
The parish had a population of 1,895 at the 2001 census, increasing to 1,969 at the 2011 Census: this parish includes the village of Almer (west of Sturminster Marshall, near Winterborne Zelston) and the hamlet of Henbury to the south-east of the village.
King Alfred the Great, in his will of 899, a copy of which can be seen at the British Library, left the village to his youngest son Æthelweard (c.880-922).
Sturminster Marshall has a playing field with a children's playground in one corner. Nearby is the Memorial Hall which offers a meeting-space for many village societies. There is also an old school hall which is also used as a meeting-space.
There are many walks around the village including the Stour Valley Way, which follows the Stour right from the source to the sea.
The village has two pubs: the Red Lion within the village and the Golden Fox on the outskirts.
The village has a cricket club. There is also a football club with a senior side and several junior teams.
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