|Famous for the agricultural show which bears
its name (The Melplash Show) its most prominent son is Sir Thomas More
who was the Sheriff of Dorset during the reign of Henry VIII. It was he
who after having a bit too much drink set free all the prisoners in
Dorchester Gaol. When he eventually sobered up he found he had to beg
the Kings forgiveness and that pardon was got for him by Lord Paulet who
demanded one of the Sheriffs daughters richly dowered as a bride for one
of his sons and this is how the manor got passed from the Mores to the
Christ church was consecrated in 1846 and is in the early Norman style with a square tower and inside there is a glass screen dividing it in two parts and the pews have been removed from one side to form a badminton court as it is also the village hall! The east end is strictly for regular worship.
Melplsh Court has gardens that are open to the public on occasions and this 17th century house is approached through an avenue of trees. There is a circular pigeon house here and a barn.