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Millennium Mug

The Millennium Mug is available from the Village Post Office.

The design is explained in detail below

Burton Bradstock 2000

On the main side of the mug can be seen the modern name for our village BURTON BRADSTOCK pierced with the 2000 This was agreed as our Logo for the new millennium.

Bridetone Bradenstoke

Above and to the left is the word Bridetone “the farm on the River Bride” was one of the earliest names given to the village and recorded in The Doomsday Book. The book shows that the village belonged to the King. Renamed Brideton or Briditon from 11th – 12th century, it became shortened to Brutton in the 14th & 15th Century and by 1535 it became Burton The Church was given by William I. to his chaplain Guntard who took the ownership with him to the French Abbey of St. Wandrille. In 1286 the Abbey of St. Wandrille gave Briditone (as it was then called) to the Prior and Convent of Bradenstoke, hence the name Bradstock.

This gentle place

‘This gentle place’ was taken from the title of a book of poems by Douglas Northover and whose widow Georgie Northover gave permission to use it. A wonderful book of poems about the Bride Valley and Burton in particular.
The millennium is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, 2000 years ago and whilst the three symbols of the fish, sheep and shell represent the three ‘F’s, Fishing Farming and Faith they are also symbols of the Christian community. The word sheep is mentioned in the Bible at least 204 times and the word lamb 103 times, Ram 101 times and Ewe 6 times. (try counting them)! Jesus is described as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.


In the farming context of our village the Dorset Horn sheep denoted on the mug is known by archaeologists as the United Kingdom South-west horn and these were widespread in Roman Britain (43AD-400AD) The Dorset Horn came about by crossing the Somerset Horn with the Dorset Horned sheep. In 1956 Mr. J. M. (Bunny) Lenthall of Manor Farm, Burton Bradstock went to Tasmania and found a strain there that resembled the Dorset Horn without horns and he brought back a stud ram and a young ram lamb, the first Poll Dorsets in England.


Fishing. Elizabeth Gale in her book ‘Farmers, Fishermen and Flax spinners’ writes that “ every man in Burton was born with salt in his veins and he either became a full time fisherman or combined fishing with his usual occupation”. Only a few years ago and no doubt throughout the last 2000 years villagers were summoned to the beach to help haul in the seine nets. The harvest of the sea played an important part of Burton Bradstock’s economy, as well as food for the locals, the surplus herrings and sprats were salted and the mackerel soused and stored for the winter months. The fish is also a Christian symbol and can often be seen on the back of cars denoting that the occupants are Christians Look at the Church Tower and you will see a fish wind vane.


Faith. The boat, within the shell, has its mast in the form of a cross which reminds us that over the past 2000 years followers of Christ have ventured the world bringing the Gospel of Christ to everyone. During the European Middle Ages the shell design of the pilgrim’s scallop (Pecten jacobaeus) became a religious emblem (the badge of St. James) We are lucky to be living in this wonderful environment and the boat and the shell reminds us of the closeness of the sea.

Ray West

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