Hermitage, Dorset

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Hermitage, parish church of St. James - geograph.org.uk - 467783.jpg
Parish church of St James
Hermitage is located in Dorset
Hermitage shown within Dorset
Population 70 [1]
OS grid reference ST647069
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places
50°51′32″N 2°30′14″W / 50.859°N 2.504°W / 50.859; -2.504Coordinates: 50°51′32″N 2°30′14″W / 50.859°N 2.504°W / 50.859; -2.504

Hermitage is a small village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is situated in the Blackmore Vale under the scarp of the Dorset Downs, 6 miles (9.7 km) south of the town of Sherborne. It lies within the West Dorset administrative district. Dorset County Council's latest (2013) estimate of the parish population is 70.[1]

Augustinian monks once had a hermitage here, hence the name of the village,[2] but they abandoned the site in the 14th or 15th century.[2][3] The Lady's Well which they used still remains, on the edge of woodland a short distance from the village.


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. p. 71. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3. 
  3. ^ West Dorset, Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1983. p. 10. 

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