Loders & Uploders

Although only two miles from Bridport, Loders has retained a rural character, surrounded by wooded hills and farms. There are five dairy herds of varying size, and an encouraging number of younger people work either in or from Loders. There are two well integrated areas of modern housing, and a third of the children at Loders village school live locally.

Loders has tended to become a favoured village for retired people. Many of the very expensive older houses are second homes or holiday cottages. Most but not all of the houses beside the long “ribbon development” which follows the River Asker down through Uploders and Loders are of local stone, many are thatched and some of age, so it is not surprising to learn that the Church was the centre of a small Priory in the time of Henry I. There are two good pubs, with a post office, village shop and butchers at Bradpole.

Many events are organised throughout the village, or take place in the excellent, modern Village Hall, among others a popular monthly Village Lunch, twice- weekly Youth Club activities, short mat bowls, model and craft making, and old time dancing, while competitors battle it out over the fruit and veg. jam, bread and flowers at the annual Produce Show. An important fundraising event is the Church Fête, which takes place in the grounds of Loders Court, attracting a faithful clientele of holiday- makers and local people.

There is a pretty, late Georgian Methodist Chapel in Uploders, recently  restored and improved for a variety of village events beside regular Methodist Services, while the attractive parish church, St Mary Magdalene, at the west end of the village is always open to welcome a stream of visitors from all over the world seeking their roots. An exceptional number of people seem to have emigrated from Loders in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Built of warm coloured stone, mainly perpendicular but with Norman features, its restoration from near collapse in 1901 was sensitively achieved. There is an excellent peal of six bells, recently overhauled and re- hung. The ringers collaborate every month with the tower at Powerstock.

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