|On the Dorchester to Wareham road is the straggling
village of Broadmayne which was recorded as Maine Martel in the Domesday
Survey, as the Martel family were lord of the manor in the 12 and 13th
centuries. There are one or two nice cottage but that is about all that
The church is dedicated to St Mary and has an unusual plain south tower the lower part of which is 13th century , The interior has been heavily restored and the whole north part rebuilt by John Hicks of Dorchester in 1865-66, and he was the employer of Thomas Hardy.
There is a granary which is support on saddle stones which were used as a foundation above the ground to keep rats out, the manor house is in front.
Another barn which has now been converted to a private residence is said to have been where the infamous highwayman, Bill Watch used to stable his horse between raiding the coaches on the Weymouth to London route.