Sutton Poyntz is steeped in history, its very name giving clues to its origins as a Saxon settlement and later Norman occupation.

But man’s influence had been felt here many years before that.  Sitting below Chalbury hill-fort and a distinctive chalk scarp, at the springhead of the River Jordan, hunter-gatherers from the Neolithic period would have been familiar with the sweep of land that encompasses the present day village, lying between the Dorset Ridgeway to the north, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and the low coastal hills of the Jurassic Coast to the south.  From Roman times right up to the present day, water has played an important part in the way of life in the village.  The buildings and lands around the village attest to this - providing important visual clues to the way it has evolved from a largely agricultural community in medieval times, when the manor had a number of mills, to the village as we know it today; still some agricultural activity but largely a residential area lying on the fringes of Weymouth.  With water playing another role now and the village famous as the source of Weymouth’s water supply, the architecture of its buildings is dominated by its waterworks.  Although with the passage of time, these buildings and those of the surrounding farms and cottages, the Mill, Mill Pond and Pub, and the attractive views to the hills and countryside beyond, have melded to make this one of the most attractive locations in which to live within the borough of Weymouth and Portland.

The architectural, historical and environmental features of the village are highly valued by its residents. This is recorded in the 1999 Village Survey – a largely visual assessment – and in the more recent 2007 Sutton Poyntz Village Plan, which sought to capture the community’s views on a wide range of issues, but in particular what residents valued most about the village. This established beyond doubt that the most highly prized aspects were those described above, viz. the character of the buildings, the village’s history and its attractive location. Both of these projects were undertaken by the Sutton Poyntz Society, which has been in existence since 1968 (when it was formed) and which is charged with maintaining and improving the natural beauty of the village, and which was largely responsible for establishing the present day conservation area. 

Over the years the Society has fought to ensure that new developments are as sympathetic as possible with existing designs, materials and the general character of the village, so as to protect and preserve the historical, archeological and diverse environmental features of the village for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

Society archive

We are building an archive of Society papers from its foundation in 1968 to about 2000; the originals are lodged at the Dorset History Centre.