The offensive vowel, by royal command!

The river Piddle runs through north Dorset and was the mother that bore the villages along the Piddle valley.

Piddletrenthide, a small village along its banks is unusual in that it has no real centre – just straddles the river banks for a couple of miles.

The village of Puddletown, not far from the home of the Tolpuddle Martyrs is near this stretch. Originally named Piddletown it was rechristened to avoid embarrassing a visiting monarch.

However, the Piddle Valley retains its name and its offensive vowel. If ever you’re in the countryside near Dorchester, why not take a short diversion and enjoy this rural idyll?