Dorset history around Bingham Grange Estate

Bingham Grange was a substantial grange farm, originally known as Bynghams Wurth. Its name is almost certainly originally derived from William de Byngham of Sutton Bingham (1199-1257).
Throughout the 13th century, the Byngham family were one of the principal land-owners in Dorset. The first surviving record of Bynghams Wurth is a lease dated 1371, granted by its then owner, the Knight Sir John de Chideock.
After the death of Sir John in 1390, Bingham Grange, along with all of the Knight’s other estates were bequeathed to The Arundell family, originally from Lanherne in Cornwall.
By the 15th century, Bingham Grange was owned by the Horsey family of Clifton Maybank near Yeovil. During this time the grange lands were enlarged and it became one of the most productive dairy farms in the area.
As Bridport grew to become a centre for manufacturing rope and sail-cloth, some of Bingham’s Farm was turned over to the production of flax and hemp which was milled at Pymore Mill. You can walk to the mill along the Brit Way footpath. In its heyday, the mill complex included housing for workers, a school and its own brewery. As steam vessels replaced sailing ships, the demand for hemp and flax declined. During this period, Binghams Farm declined into a state of disrepair until the neglected buildings were purchased for re-development as a holiday destination in the 1900s.
Our mission has been to restore the estate to its former glory and maintain it to a standard befitting its manorial heritage.

The History of Bingham Grange will continue to be developed with notes on places you can visit and features you can enjoy while touring around the area.