|Hinton St. Mary|
|Haintune is recorded in the Domesday Survey and is a
parish near the River Stour. To the north of Hinton St Mary are the
parishes of Marnhull and Sturminster Newton are to the north and south
and Manston is to the east.
The mill which has probably changed very little since William Barnes was a boy here as he lived just over the fields, the history of the village dates back to the Roman times as a mosaic pavement has been found here.
The fine manor house and the church of St Peter, stand side by side, there was a Primitive Methodist chapel here as well and a National School that could hold 70 children.
The church was rebuild by Thomas Freke who was a Caption of the Trained Bands or the 17th century version of the Territorials and he died in 1642. He had a son who wrote the Doctrine of the Trinity and was then deemed as a libel and he was punished and the documents wee burned in the old palace of Westminster, so he went on t write the Dictionary of Dreams and he was said to believe he was a prophet, and he ended his life as a Justice of the Peace!