Sherborne Christmas Penny Dole

Where: Sherborne, Dorset at the Castle Estate Yard on New Road
When: Christmas Day
Time: 9 am


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Sherborne Castle in Dorset has been the home of the Digby family for centuries, and they continue an ancient and little known custom each Christmas Day. Family members distribute coins in the Estate Yard, though nowadays the amount has risen with inflation and the donated packs include a  £1 and other coins with a special Christmas card, rather than the eponymous penny. Children are given chocolate coins!

Helpful Hints

The dole takes place in the Estate Yard not at the castle. Don’t expect a huge crowd, rather a trickle of mainly local residents.

Click here for the Castle Facebook page (where you’ll find a few photos of the 2016 and 2017 doles if you scroll back) :

and website:

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