Yetminster lies within the West Dorset district, about 4 miles (6.4 km) south-west of Sherborne and is a lovely village, situated on the River Wriggle. It is quiet and quaint, built almost entirely of honey coloured limestone exuding a timeless ambience. There is very little through traffic in the village and many of its picturesque houses date to the 17th century.
The church of St Andrews is built in a perpendicular style and contains five bells. It also has a 300 year old faceless clock which chimes the national anthem six times a day. It is necessary to climb to the belfry each day to wind the movements! The clock was installed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.
The Old School Gallery is a charming converted schoolhouse of great historic interest. Founded by Robert Boyle in 1691, Boyles Old School is a Grade II Listed Building. Situated on the High Street, The Gallery also houses a cafe which is open every Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 16.30, serving coffees, salads, sandwiches and a selection of cakes, scones and tea.
Yetminster Fair has a claim to be one of the oldest street fairs in Dorset, having started in the 13th century under a charter granted to the Bishop of Salisbury for a fair ‘to be held in his manor of Yetminster’. After the 1947 fair there was a gap until it was re-started in 1975 but it is now firmly established on the second Saturday in July. Yetminster Fair is one of the oldest as well as the biggest fairs in the whole of the Wessex area.