Shillingstone removals

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    Family Owned
Established 1973

    Family Owned
    Established 1973

    British Association
of Removers

    British Association
    of Removers

    Eco Friendly

    Eco Friendly

    Removals Made Easy

    Your move should be hassle free and tailored to your needs, that’s why our friendly team create bespoke solutions for every relocation. All our packages include;

    • Removal Coordinator
      Removal Coordinator
      A dedicated Removal Coordinator will be assigned to your move.
    • Mileage
      Your quote will include mileage to ensure there are no hidden costs.
    • Cover for Goods in Transit
      Cover for Goods in Transit
      We offer restricted liability as standard, further options are available.
    • Carbon Footprint Offsetting
      Carbon Footprint Offsetting
      We’re planting over 2,000 trees to offset our carbon emissions.
    •  Trained, Uniformed Staff
      Trained, Uniformed Staff
      All Armishaws’ crew members are background checked and carry photo ID.
    • Recycled Materials
      Recycled Materials
      Our crews use recycled and recyclable materials wherever possible.
    • Covers & Blankets
      Covers & Blankets
      White goods and furniture are protected with slot-on, padded covers.
    • Carpet Runners
      Carpet Runners
      Full floor protection is also available at both locations (fees may apply).
    • Used Box Recycling Service
      Used Box Recycling Service
      Flat, used boxes can be collected (location dependent, fees may apply).
    • Robe Cartons
      Robe Cartons
      Your clothes will travel in style with specialist boxes for hanging garments.
    • Storage Options
      Storage Options
      Short and long term storage, with collection and delivery also available (fees may apply).
    • Biodegradable Mattress Bags
      Biodegradable Mattress Bags
      These sealable bags are only used once, then recycled.

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    Armishaws Removals

    Why choose Armishaws for your move...

    Established in 1973, Armishaws are a family run company based here in the South West. We believe in greener removals, we’re planting 2,000 trees in the region to offset the carbon emissions of your move. We’re members of the British Association of Removers and operate to the highest standards of customer care and financial security. All our crews are trained to ensure you receive the best customer service, so you can rest assured that your possessions are well cared for in transit and in storage. With our high Trustpilot rating and reviews from so many happy customers, you can be sure that with Armishaws your move is in good hands.

    Greener Moves

    As part of our commitment to reducing the impact of our removals on the environment…

    2,000 Trees

    We’re planting 2,000 trees to help offset carbon emissions and create vital habitat for wildlife.

    Box Recycling Service

    We collect your boxes to re-use or recycle, giving you one less thing to worry about (dependent on location, fees may apply).

    Recycled Boxes

    All our boxes and soft packaging are made from recycled and recyclable materials to protect your belongs and the environment.

    Greener Vehicles

    Our teams drive greener vehicles and all our drivers go through driver efficiency training to reduce the amount of fuel used.

    Acid Free Wrapping

    We use acid free tissue paper which is not only better for the environment, acid free paper is also far better for your items.

    Biodegradable Mattress Bags

    We use sealable bags to help protect your mattresses while in transit, each bag is used only once before being recycled.

    Make your move greener
    with Armishaws.

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    Shillingstone Removals

    Staying Local

    We cover the area including;

    • Hanford
    • Okeford Fitzpaine
    • Child Okeford
    • Fiddleford
    • Hammoon
    • Fontmell Parva
    • Stourpaine
    • Turnworth
    • Sturminster Newton
    • Iwerne Minster

    Ask our friendly team for a free, no hassle quote today.

    Shillingstone – 6 Quirky Facts

    1. Gone Roman
      The earliest signs of settlement around Shillingstone show Roman occupation, finds include pottery, a bucket and a coin from the time of Emperor Augustus. The Saxons then lived in the village until the Norman invasion when the Ascelin family became lords of the manor (it is believed this is where the modern name comes from Ascelin-ton, the settlement of Ascelin). The Domesday Book recorded Shillingstone contained 15 villagers, 26 smallerholders, 5 slaves, 183 acres of meadow, a mill and was valued at 19 pounds.
    2. Civil War
      The South West became a staunch battleground during the English Civil War with a number of battles. One fight took place just outside the village and there are accounts that villagers gathered to watch the fight. It’s also claimed (though there are no records) some local men took up arms (they would have been untrained and likely to have had basic tools) on behalf of King Charles I which was the losing side that day. In 1888 excavations in the churchyard for new foundations unearthed a row of bodies which could possibly belong to villagers killed in the fighting.
    3. Clubmen
      One thing Shillingstone did have during the Civil War were ‘Clubmen’. Towns and villages would often suffer as bands of ill-disciplined soldiers (from both sides) who had little rations, would help themselves to livestock and food from undefended settlements. As a result, ‘clubmen’ started defending their communities, these were local men, often armed with clubs who would band together and attack any light-fingered soldiers found near their homes. One sign posted around the time read “If you offer to plunder or take our cattel, Be assured we will bid you battel”.
    4. Bravest Little Village
      During WWI The Times ran a competition to find the “Bravest Little Village in Britain”. The rector of Shillingstone informed the paper that 66 villagers out of a total population of 565 had signed up. Shillingstone was awarded second place behind Knowlton in Kent (11 locals from 6 houses and a population of 39). The rector complained, stating that Knowlton was a hamlet not a village. After months of legal arguments, three visits to The Times legal offices and securing help from well-connected individuals, the rector won his battle and Shillingstone was awarded the title and 25 guineas. However, Knowlton had already been awarded a ‘beautiful silver cross’ which they refused to give up. Which to be fair, was also pretty brave of them.
    5. More Scrapping!
      Shillingstone also provided men at arms for Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. During both reigns men were required to sign muster rolls of those that possessed arms and were capable of using them. Some of the muster rolls for Shillingstone are still in existence.
    6. Cheery
      Now it might seem that Shillingstone has only ever been celebrated for its ability to put up a fight. But it could also put up a May pole. It once had the tallest May pole in England (26 metres), which lasted until 1890 when it was blown down in a storm. The village also continued its May Day celebrations long after most villages had lost the tradition, presumably until the May pole blew over. And there is one last claim to fame, during the Jacobean period when Puritans disapproved of pretty much everything, the men of the area were noted as “terribly addicted to beer”. Another rebellious feather in the cap for what today is actually a charming and genteel village.

    Local Info

    Schools – There are 9 schools in total within a 3-mile radius of Shillingstone. Families can view Ofsted scores here.

    Population – The village had a population of 1,170 at the time of the 2011 census.

    Transport – 12 minutes from Blandford Forum, Shillingstone lays a few miles to the west of the A350 which runs from Poole to Chippenham. The nearest train station is 29 miles away in Sherborne.

    News – Shillingstone news is covered by Blackmore Vale Magazine. There is also a Parish website full of useful info and details.

    Best of Shillingstone

    Shopping local is not only great for the environment, it’s also good for the local community and a great way to find gems the big stores just can’t offer. Here’s a look at some of Dorset’s finest;

    Paint & More

    Paint & More have everything you need for all kinds of makeovers, upcycle projects and crafts.

    Blandford Road, DT11 0SF

    Feathered Nest

    With over 25 years of experience of fine soft furnishings, Feathered Nest offer amazing customer care and a fully bespoke, local service.

    12 Blandford Road, DT11 0SF

    The Rustic Bakery

    Handmade, no additives, organic flour, this is bread at its finest and most natural. This artisan team also produce a delicious selection of pastries and more. Yum!

    Church House, Church Road, DT11 0SL

    Willows Vintage Tea Room

    Using locally sourced, sustainable produce, Willows Vintage Tea Room serve up delightful afternoon teas, Sunday roasts, bistro nights and event catering.

    5 Blandford Road, DT11 0SG

    Designed in Design

    Shining a spotlight on the finest craft workers and designers in Dorset, you’ll find everything from garden furniture, art, jewellery, even the odd tipple. We’re huge fans.

    Aplands Close, Child Okeford, DT11 8HF

    About Shillingstone

    A casual glance of this delightful village is unlikely to give any hint of the curious history hidden here. Bravery awards (for the entire village!), civil war, Romans, May poles and beer, Shillingstone has celebrated them all and today still enjoys being a little bit unique. The village sits within Blackmore Vale, a stunning area of the West Country that is rich in independent producers of all kinds of artful and tasty treats. The village has a close community and access to miles of unspoilt scenery.


    Railway enthusiasts can enjoy a day or even volunteer time at the North Dorset Railway located in the village. There are several societies and clubs covering a wide range of interests, sewing, yoga, gardening, beekeeping, crafts, bell-ringing, tai chi, plus a village hall, community orchard and the WI. There are also play areas and playing fields for younger residents.


    A short distance from the A350 that connects Chippenham to the north and Poole to the south, Shillingstone is a 12-minute drive from Blandford Forum. Commuters will find the closest train station 29 miles away in Sherborne.

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