|A city is believed to have stood on the
Icknield Way over 2,000 years ago but between the Downs of Cranborne
Chase today lies the hamlet of Wooyates with nothing left of its
But it is thought that the grandfather of Robert Browning who was a Bank of England clerk once lived here. The name comes from Wdegeate, derived from Wudige geat meaning the wooded gate.
The only real history is that in 1685 Monmouth came to the old coaching inn that was here to take part in a historical chase which were famous in this part of Dorset. The Duke was separated from Lord Grey who was accompanying him after fleeing the Battle of Sedgemore and leaving their horses they made there ways separately and in disguise across the county.
Monmouth had disguised himself as a shepherd and was found hiding beneath a hedge at Horton and both he and Grey who was also captured were taken away to London where they were both executed.