This week the government announced that they are going to be easing lockdown restrictions that effect the property market – which means that people will be able to view houses and removals companies like Northover and Gilbert will be able to start helping people to move home once again. This is great news for anyone that has been ‘stuck in limbo’ and we hope to be able to start helping Dorset get moving again as soon as possible. In the meantime we are continuing our blog series on what it’s like to live locally with some insights into things to see and do in some of Dorset, Devon and Somerset’ most iconic towns. This week we’re taking a closer look at Beaminster in Dorset

How do you pronounce Beaminster?

Before we get started, let’s deal with the elephant in the room. You can’t think of moving to Beaminster until you can pronounce it, or the locals will surely think you are a grockle (tourist). So you need to get this nailed down before you visit!

Probably the most mis-pronounced town in Dorset, it is not Beeminster, Bearminster or Beermonster. No, it is actually pronounced ‘Behminster.’

If you don’t believe us, 19th-century Dorset dialect poet William Barnes gives a clue to the pronunciation in his poem about the town:

Sweet Be’mi’ster, that bist a-bound
By green and woody hills all round,
Wi’ hedges, reachèn up between
A thousand vields o’ zummer green.

Thomas Hardy also sheds light on the pronunciation. He used Beaminster as the fictional location for “Emminster” in Wessex. So just think ‘Bemminster.’ The town featured in his popular novel Tess of the d’Urbervilles and it is also the unlikely setting for a portion of John Wyndham’s post-apocalyptic novel The Day of the Triffids – which was adapted into a terrifying BBC miniseries in the early eighties, complete with wobbling rubber plants.

Art and Culture in Beaminster

On a normal (not locked down) year, Beaminster plays host to a fantastic annual festival every summer. This is a full week of community events throughout the area, celebrating music, theatre, art and literature. Sadly this year it is cancelled due to Covid-19 but they hope to come back bigger and brighter to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2021.

Living in Beaminster

Beaminster has fairly good transport links and several good schools. It’s about an hours drive from the M5 and the nearest train station is situated 5 miles away in Crewkerne. Because of it’s slightly out-of-the way location, Beaminster has remained relatively unspoiled and is less ‘touristy’ than some areas of Dorset. It is unpretentious with an interesting mix of architecture from rustic cottages to Georgian properties. The local hills are dotted with ancient trackways and burial mounds, suggesting that it has been a popular place to live for at least 3,000 years.

Local primary schools include St Mary’s Church of England Primary School and Mountjoy School. The town only has one secondary school, Beaminster School which has a combined sixth form with The Sir John Colfox Academy in Bridport – which is about 7 miles away. With a population of around 3,000 the town does not have a large supermarket, but it does have a Co-op and the nearest supermarkets are in Bridport and Dorchester.

House prices in Beaminster

The majority of houses sold in Beaminster over the last year were detached properties which sold for an average price of £429,750. Terraced properties averaged around £236,650 and semi-detached houses were around £224,995.

With an overall average price of £287,425, the overall sold prices in Beaminster over the last year were 4% down on the previous year and 8% down on the 2016 peak of £310,925.

If you’re thinking of renting in Beaminster, an average 3 bedroom property will set you back around £750 – £850 per month. 2 bedroom flats start at £600.

(Prices shown as of May 2020)

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