GUSSAGE All SAINTS is an attractive village and parish in East Dorset situated in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). It is about eight miles north of Wimborne Minster and lies alongside a small stream in a shallow valley in the Cranborne Chase.
People from the Bronze and Iron Ages, Romans, and Anglo Saxons, have all lived in the area but by the mid 19th.C All Saints had long been part of the Shaftesbury Estate. The population then was about 500 but today is barely 200. A century ago nearly 50 children attended the village school, which closed in 1932, subsequently becoming the Village Hall when it was sold to the community for £20 in 1950. These days the venue is in regular use by villagers, and can also be hired for a reasonable charge. It is one of the few Village Halls in Dorset with WiFi installed.
Parts of All Saints Church date to the 14th.C and the church is still in use today. The Church bell refurbishment is complete and they have been rehung.
The Drovers Inn, is now open again and very popular – busy pub doing well.
Gussage all Saints today is a vibrant village with a good mix of inhabitants from youngsters to retired. There is a strong community spirit and this is reflected in the way we get together for a number of village activities.
Further information about the village can be found on the Gussage All Saints website.