Iwerne Minster is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It lies on the edge of the Blackmore Vale in the North Dorset administrative district midway between the towns of Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum; the A350 main road between those towns passes through the edge of the village, just to the west. In the 2011 census the civil parish had a population of 978. Evidence of prehistoric human activity in the parish consists of five round barrows on the chalk escarpment in the east, the site of an Iron Age settlement in the southwest, near Park Farm; the settlement, which takes the form of several pits, was excavated by General Pitt-Rivers in 1897. In the early Roman period the Iron Age site was altered with the construction of ditches and sub-rectangular pits. In the 3rd century a building an aisled barn, was constructed on the western half of the site. More Roman coins were found here, dating from the period between Gordian Tacitus. Around 300 AD a substantial building was constructed on the eastern half of the site.
One of the rooms had a floor made of shale from Kimmeridge. The building was occupied for about sixty years. In the Domesday Book in 1086 the village was recorded as Euneministre, it was in Sixpenny Hundred and the lord and tenant-in-chief was Shaftesbury Abbey. The early settlements in the parish—Iwerne and Preston—were sited by the River Iwerne. There may have been a third settlement contemporary with these, called Hulle. Pegg's Farm in the northwest of the parish is a secondary settlement; the parish church, dedicated to St Mary, has a nave, north aisle and north transept dating from the mid-12th century, though it is probable there was a minster and clergy community here before that, as indicated by the village's name and its large size in the Domesday Book. Iwerne Minster House was built in 1796 by the Bowyer Bower family, on the site of their original manor, their family crest, the Talbot, is still represented in the name of the village pub. Iwerne Minster remained in the Bowyer Bower family until 1876, when they sold the estate to George Glyn, 2nd Baron Wolverton.
Wolverton had a new house built, designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1878. A 150 acres ornamental park, including a lake, was created. James Hainsworth Ismay, second son of Thomas Henry Ismay, bought the estate in 1908; the estate was sold in 1929 and the mansion became Clayesmore School. There are 44 structures in the parish that are listed by English Heritage for having particular historical or architectural interest; these include the parish church of The Chantry. Iwerne Minster civil parish covers an area of 2,865 acres at an altitude of about 52 to 190 metres. From east to west the geology of the parish comprises chalk hills in the east upper greensand and gault, through to lower greensand around the Fontmell Brook in the northwest. About half of the parish and most of Iwerne Minster village—the area east of the A350—is in the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Measured directly, Iwerne Minster village is about 5 miles north of Blandford Forum and 5 miles south of Shaftesbury.
Iwerne Minster is in the northern part of the electoral ward called Hill Forts, which extends west to include Child Okeford and Shillingstone, south along the A350 road to Stourpaine. It falls within the North Dorset parliamentary constituency and in the 2011 census had a population of 4,818. In the 2011 census the civil parish had 326 dwellings, 298 households and a population of 978. 21.4% of residents were aged 65 or over. The population of the parish in the censuses between 1921 and 2001 is shown in the table below: Virginia Woolf and her husband spent five days in Iwerne Minster in April 1926, it is possible that the name of the fictional village Bolney Minster in Woolf's novel Between the Acts was inspired by Iwerne. A pre-Norman conquest Iwerne Minster is imagined, along with neighbouring village Shroton, in Julian Rathbone's 1997 novel The Last English King. Lord Wolverton Talbot Media related to Iwerne Minster at Wikimedia Commons Clayesmore School Website
Child Okeford is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated 3 miles east of the small town of Sturminster Newton in the North Dorset administrative district. Child Okeford lies downstream from Sturminster, along the River Stour, which passes half a mile west of the village. In the 2011 census the civil parish had a population of 1,114. On Hambledon Hill to the east of the village are a Neolithic ceremonial burial site and an Iron Age hill fort; the latter is rich in occupation remains. It occupies the entire northern spur of the hill above 140 metres and has been described as "one of the most impressive earthworks in southern England". In the Domesday Book of 1086 Child Okeford appears in two entries, it had a total taxable value of 10 geld units. By 1227 the village was known as Childacford; the village's name derives from the Old English cild, meaning a noble-born son, plus ac and ford Old English, meaning an oak-tree ford. The noble-born son referred to an early owner.
In 1645 Hambledon Hill was the site of a battle in the English Civil War. Under the leadership of the rector of nearby Compton Abbas, 2,000 of them assembled on the hill and defied Oliver Cromwell's requests to lay down their arms. Cromwell sent in troops and defeated them locked up 300 prisoners in the church at Iwerne Courtney and extracted promises of good behaviour. Cromwell wrote of them as being "poor silly creatures" who "promise to be dutiful for time to come". A century General James Wolfe used the hill's steeper sides to prepare his troops. A World War I war memorial in the form of a stone cross stands at the road junction known in the village as The Cross; the Somerset and Dorset Railway ran to the west of the village, through neighbouring Shillingstone, until the line closed in 1966 under the Beeching cuts. The Shillingstone Station, however, is being refurbished under the Shillingstone Station Project. Child Okeford parish covers 1,570 acres at an altitude of about 40 to 190 metres, though the major part is below about 90 metres.
The underlying geology is Kimmeridge clay and lower greensand, some chalk in the east and river gravels by the River Stour. In the 2011 census Child Okeford civil parish had 533 dwellings, 503 households and a population of 1,114; the population of the parish in the censuses between 1921 and 2001 is shown in the table below: Child Okeford has a village hall, community centre, playing field, doctor's surgery, post office and general store, Church of England primary school, a nursery or educational support centre for children age 0–11 years. Gold Hill Farm, a small business community, is home to an organic food shop, a café, a rushwork workshop and an art gallery. In 1561 William Kethe was appointed vicar of the parish, he remained in the village until his death in 1594. Kethe wrote the hymns O worship the King, all glorious above and All people that on earth do dwell, the latter adapted from Psalm 100 and set to the tune of The Old Hundredth. Other well known people who live or lived in the village include the composer Sir John Tavener, who lived in the village until his death in 2013, TV presenter Harry Corbett, originator of Sooty and Sweep, who lived here until his death in 1989, TV presenter Mick Robertson, known for Magpie, politician David James, who lived in the village whilst Conservative MP for North Dorset, actor Tom Mennard, known for the character Sam Tindall in Coronation Street.
19. Knight, Ancient Stones of Dorset, 1998. Enid Blyton, “5 go mad in Dorset” Media related to Child Okeford at Wikimedia Commons
Blandford Forum Blandford, is a market town in the North Dorset district of Dorset, sited by the River Stour about 13 mi northwest of Poole. It is the administrative headquarters of North Dorset District Council. Blandford is notable for its Georgian architecture, the result of rebuilding after the majority of the town was destroyed by a fire in 1731; the rebuilding work was assisted by an Act of Parliament and a donation by George II, the rebuilt town centre—to designs by local architects John and William Bastard—has survived to the present day intact. Blandford Camp, a military base, is sited on the hills two miles to the north east of the town, it is the base of the Royal Corps of Signals, the communications wing of the British Army, the site of the Royal Signals Museum. Dorset County Council estimates that in 2013 the town's civil parish had a population of 10,610; the town's economy is based on a mix of the service sector and light industry, provides employment for about 4,000 people. Blandford has been a fording point since Anglo-Saxon times, when it was recorded as Blaen-y-ford and as Blaneford in the Domesday Book.
The name Blandford derives from the Old English blǣge, means ford where gudgeon or blay are found. By the 13th century it had become a market town with a livestock market serving the nearby Blackmore Vale with its many dairy farms. At the start of the 14th century it returned two members of parliament and was known as Cheping Blandford; the Latin word Forum, meaning market, was recorded in 1540. In Survey of Dorsetshire, written by Thomas Gerard of Trent in the early 1630s, Blandford was described as "a faire Markett Towne, pleasantlie seated upon the River... well inhabitted and of good Traffique". In the 17th-century English Civil War Blandford was a Royalist centre. In the 18th century Blandford was one of several lace-making centres in the county. I think I never saw better in Flanders, France or Italy". In the 17th and 18th centuries Blandford was a malting and brewing centre of some significance. All of Blandford's buildings were destroyed on 4 June 1731 by the "great fire", the last of several serious fires that occurred in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.
The fire began in a tallow chandler's workshop on a site, now The King's Arms public house. Within a few hours 90% of the town's fabric had gone. Properties west of the river in Blandford St Mary and Bryanston were burned, though notable buildings that survived in the town include the Ryves Almshouses and Dale House in Salisbury Street, Old House in The Close, much of East Street. An Act of Parliament was introduced that stated that rebuilding work must be in brick and tile and should begin within four years. With assistance from the rest of the country—including £1,000 given by George II—the town was rebuilt over the next ten years to the designs of local architects John and William Bastard. Bottlenecks were removed and streets realigned in the new town plan, which provided a wider market place; as well as residential and commercial property, new buildings included a new town hall and church. The redesigned town centre has survived to the present day intact. After the post-fire reconstruction Blandford remained a thriving market town.
Wool spinning and button making were significant, the brewing and hostelry trades expanded. The turnpike road between Salisbury and Dorchester was made in 1756 and passed through the town, the arrival of the coaching era increased the town's prosperity, though the built fabric of the town changed little until the first half of the 19th century, when houses for wealthier inhabitants were built to the north alongside the roads to Salisbury and Shaftesbury. In the 19th century following the installation of piped water, more densely packed buildings were built to the northeast, replacing gardens and barracks for the poor between the roads to Salisbury and Wimborne Minster. Rail transport arrived in Blandford in the 1860s, though this did not impact on the town's economy. Blandford's weekly animal market disappeared in the 20th century a casualty of motorised transport that enabled larger markets to be held in fewer centres. By the middle of the 20th century Blandford Fair, a seasonal sheep fair held in summer and autumn, had disappeared, due to changes in animal husbandry and a reduction in sheep numbers in the county.
In the early 21st century a number of private housing developments were built in and around the town. In the United Kingdom national parliament, Blandford is in the North Dorset parliamentary constituency, represented by Simon Hoare of the Conservative party. At the top tier of local government Blandford is governed by Dorset County Council, the main responsibilities of which include schools and other education, planning, public transport, social care and heritage, public health, museums & the arts, trading standards and planning for emergencies. At the middle tier of local government Blandford is governed by North Dorset District Council. Since 2006 North Dorset District Council has reduced its direct service provision via a system of decentralised community partnerships with local organisations such as town councils. North Dorset District Council is in a'tri-council' partnership with two other district-level councils in Dorset, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland
Edmondsham is a village in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is situated two miles ten miles north of Bournemouth, it is sited near the source of a small stream. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 200; the surrounding countryside is well-wooded. Edmonsham House was built in 1589, in 1905 was described by Sir Frederick Treves as "grey with age" and hence "like a mist in the wood". Edmonsham House Gardens are open to the public. A rare shiny-leafed form of wych elm similar to'Nitida' was found in the village in the early 20th century, a leaf specimen prepared for the Kew Herbarium by the Rev. Augustin Ley in 1910. Media related to Edmondsham at Wikimedia Commons Census data Edmonsham House and Gardens
Ashmore is a village and civil parish in the North Dorset district of Dorset, situated 20 miles south-west of Salisbury. The village is centred on a circular pond and consists of a church and several stone cottages and farms, many with thatched roofs, it is the highest village in the county. The pond or "mere" is what gave the village its original name of "Ashmere". In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 188. Three round barrows have been found in the parish: two in the south near Well Bottom and one in the west near the boundary with Fontmell Magna. Ashmore may have been the site of settlement; the Roman road from Bath to Badbury Rings passes through the east of the parish. The situation of the village is similar to Romano-British sites in the area, there may have been a Roman military camp and trading post here, it is possible that Ashmore may have been a Romano-British village, occupied without a break up to the present day. In 1086 Ashmore was recorded in the Domesday Book as "Aisemare".
It was in Cranborne Hundred and had a value of £15 to the lord of the manor, King William. Until 1859 Ashmore had an open field system. At the same time there was a considerable area of enclosed fields, covering 240 acres in 1590. Ashmore parish is situated on the hills of Cranborne Chase 4.5 miles southeast of Shaftesbury and 7 miles north of Blandford Forum. The underlying geology is chalk, overlain by clay-with-flints in the southeast; the village, which at 700 feet above sea level is the highest in Dorset, is sited on a spur of land between dry valleys which drain south and southwest. All of Ashmore parish is within the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the local travel links are located 7 miles from the village to Tisbury railway station and 18 miles to Bournemouth International Airport. The main road running through the village is North Road. In the 2011 census the parish had 97 dwellings, 87 households and a population of 188. In the first national census in 1891 the village had a population of 228.
In midsummer a celebration known as'Filly Loo' takes place around Ashmore pond, with a Green Man, country dancing, morris dancers and live music. The event's ancient origins may have pagan influences; the meaning of the name'Filly Loo' has attracted more than one explanation, including that it is West Country dialect for'uproar', a corruption of the French'La Fille de l'Eau', or a corruption of'Filbert Louis', a nickname of Louis Rideout, one of the historical instigators of the event. The event was revived in 1956 as a folk dance festival, takes place on the Friday night nearest to Midsummer Day or the Feast of St. John the Baptist. Pitt-Rivers, Michael, 1968. Dorset. London: Faber & Faber. Taylor, Christopher, 1970; the Making of the Dorset Landscape. London: Hodder & Stoughton. Media related to Ashmore at Wikimedia Commons The Dorset Page: Ashmore
Ferndown is a town and civil parish in the East Dorset district of Dorset in southern England, situated to the north of the unitary authority areas of Poole and Bournemouth. The parish, which until 1972 was called Hampreston, includes the communities of Hampreston, Longham and Trickett's Cross; the latest population figure for the parish is 26,559. Ferndown is the second largest inland town in Dorset in terms of population, after Dorchester; the district has a large elderly population: in 2006, 38.5% were aged 60 or above. Ferndown lies adjacent to the A31 trunk road between Ringwood. To the east, the A31 connects to the M27 and M3 via the outskirts of Southampton to Winchester, thence to Basingstoke and London or via the A34 to the M4 north of Newbury. To the west, the A31 links to the A35 to East Devon; the nearest railway station is Branksome, 6.8 miles away. The nearby port of Poole provides year-round services to Cherbourg in Santander in Spain. Condor Ferries catamarans run seasonal services to Jersey and St. Malo, Brittany.
Ferndown is only 4 miles from Bournemouth International Airport at Hurn. Ryanair, EasyJet, Thomsonfly and Palmair operate from the airport and provide scheduled services to destinations in the UK and Europe. On the outskirts of the town lie the Ferndown and Uddens Industrial Estates, forming the largest industrial area in East Dorset containing a wide range of both small and large businesses. Ferndown Industrial Estate, Uddens Trading Estate and East Dorset Trade Park cover an area of 61.h hectares. Many household names ad major employers are present there, such as Farrow & Ball. A diverse range of industries are represented covering business services, manufacturing and many more. Businesses on the Ferndown and Uddens Industrial Estates endorsed the Business Improvement District in July 2014. To be approved the majority of business voters must have support the BID; the outcome was. Both tests were therefore met; the turnout was 42.5%, higher than the average for first term BID ballots. No matter how businesses vote or if they chose to abstain, the BID will work for the benefit of all businesses on the estates.
The first chairman of the BID is Russell Bowyer, quoted as saying “A BID can only be established if it does useful things for local businesses. It is a fair and equitable means of businesses working together to address matters of common interest, it means that 100 per cent of the money raised stays in the local area to be spent on priorities determined by the local business community.” The King George's Field named in memoriam to King George V is large area of open space including a children's playground with equipment for children with special needs, six tennis courts, four football pitches, cricket pitch, a bowling green, boules area, croquet practice lawn and a equipped skateboard park. There are two golf clubs, Ferndown Forest Golf Club, which offers a single 18-hole course, Ferndown Golf Club, which offers two courses: The Old Course known as the Championship Course, the nine-hole Presidents Course; the Ferndown Leisure Centre, situated next to Ferndown Upper School, has two heated pools, a sports hall, a equipped Gymnasium, Squash Courts and a rifle range as well as a power house suite.
Ferndown Community Centre is one of the town's main attractions, home of the Barrington Theatre in the main shopping centre at Penny's Walk, which includes a large Tesco supermarket and the local branch of the county library. There are large areas of woodland and heathlands around Ferndown including Holt Heath and Slop Bog; this heathland covered the entire area and up until the early 1900s covered many areas that are now residential. On many of the heaths and in much of the woodland there are many burial mounds and small ponds; however Ferndown Heath, visible from King George V playing field, has been subject to several heath fires. Schooling in Ferndown, as in much of Dorset, is based on a 3-tier system of first and upper schools. Ferndown Upper School is a co-educational comprehensive school for students aged between 13 and 19 years, with up to 320 pupils admitted each year from its feeder Middle schools in Ferndown, West Moors and Verwood; this School is renowned for Visual Arts. Ferndown Middle school takes pupils at age 9 from Ferndown First School, from Hampreston First School and from Parley First School.
The Ferndown school changes occurred in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the original first school was demolished to make way for a small residential area. The two middle schools combined and one became the new first school. Segré in the Maine-et-Loire département of France. List of King George V Playing Fields Ferndown Common Parley Common St Mary's Church, Ferndown Ferndown Town Council Ferndown at Curlie
Wimborne St Giles
Wimborne St Giles is a village in east Dorset, situated on Cranborne Chase seven miles north of Wimborne Minster and 12 miles north of Poole. The village has a population of 366; the village rests within the Shaftesbury estate, owned by the Earl of Shaftesbury. A tributary of the River Allen known as the Wimborne, snakes its way through the village. Wimborne St Giles, as the village of St Giles, has a long history recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086; the village of Wimborne St Giles was established in 1733, when the St Giles and All Hallows parishes were merged at the request of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury. The renowned botanist Emile Cmapbell-Browne lived in Wimborne St Giles from 1880 to 1890, between his various academic postings. In 2001 the population was 366, served by the village hall, post office, parish church, a primary school. Recreational enterprises include commercial shooting, a trout farm, fly fishing on the River Allen; the village is agricultural, with residents commuting to nearby cities and towns for employment.
Information about events and activities in Wimborne St Giles can be found at www.wimbornestgiles.org. Wimborne St Giles is a hundred and parish located in the wooded valley of the River Allen, near the royal hunting ground of Cranborne Chase; as divided, various parishes and villages resided within the hundred, including the parishes of West Woodyates, St Giles, All Hallows. The tithing of All Hallows is located in the village, as well as the eponymous parish of Wimborne St Giles. In 1086, the village of All Hallows was considered the more prominent of the two villages; the Domesday Book reveals the existence of a church in All Hallows, which served as the principal church for the area. At the time of the survey, there was only a small chapel in the village of St Giles. Early property owners in St Giles included the Malmayne family. Matilda Malmayne, heiress of the Malmayne estate, married Edmund Plecy. Ownership of the estate encompassing the present-day St Giles House has not changed hands through purchase since the Norman Conquest.
In 1375, the manor estate was known as St Giles Upwymbourne Plecy. The Plecy male line became extinct towards the end of the 14th century, the estate was transferred to Edmund and Matilda's descendant Joan Plecy, as heiress. Lady Joan Plecy was soon married to high sheriff of Somerset; when Hamelyn died, there were no male heirs. The estate went by his second wife, who married Robert Ashley; the family estate known as the Ashley Manor, has belonged to the Ashleys and Ashley-Coopers since. The cornerstone of St Giles House, home to the Earl of Shaftesbury, was laid by Sir Anthony Ashley-Cooper Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury on 19 March 1650; the country house was built on the remains of Ashley Manor. Incorporating late medieval work in the basement and cellars, the continued construction of the main body of St Giles House was initiated in 1651; when the Earl of Shaftesbury built a new country house close to St Giles, the writing was on the wall for All Hallows. In 1672, Sir Anthony wrote to the Keeper of the Great Seal, offering to give King Charles II a living of his choice in exchange for being allowed to close down the living of All Hallows and concentrate worship at St Giles, following the opening of the newly rebuilt in 1732.
The 1st earl's request to the king was granted in 1733, at which time, the St Giles and All Hallows parishes were merged. The newly combined parishes of St Giles and All Hallows took the name of Wimborne St Giles; the name is derived from the meadow stream which flows through both villages, from Old English winn and burna. St Giles and All Hallows refer to the respective dedications of the churches, Saint Giles being an 8th-century hermit of Provençal origin and All Hallows meaning "all saints". In 1742, All Hallows church was churchyard. While the parish was centralised in Wimborne St Giles, the churchyard at All Hallows continued to be used for burials up to the end of the 19th century, because there was no room for a burial ground at Wimborne St Giles church, restored in 1852. In the early 20th century a new cemetery was opened on the opposite side of road to the All Hallows graveyard. However, many Earls of Shaftesbury are buried in Wimborne St Giles church in the family crypt. Cranborne – 1.5 miles away Farnham – 5.6 miles away Tarrant Hinton – 5.8 miles away Tarrant Rushton – 6.8 miles away Wimborne Minster – 8.2 miles away Blandford Forum – 9.7 miles away Poole – 12.6 miles away Salisbury – 12.8 miles away Knowlton Church and Earthworks – 0.9 miles Edmondsham House and Gardens – 1.6 miles Chettle House – 5.5 miles Kingston Lacy – 6.7 miles Badbury Rings – 6.8 miles Larmer Tree Gardens – 6.8 miles Knoll Gardens – 7.1 miles Deans Court – 7.2 miles The village has a school, a pub called The Bull, a church, a post office and a village hall.
The River Allen runs through the village. Every year the village holds a fete; the bow of Eros in Piccadilly Circus, London was positioned to point towards Wimborne St Giles, the country seat of the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury, in commemoration of his philanthropic works. The church has a plaque in commemoration of robins who nested in the altar in 1887 and again in 1908. Betjeman, J. Sir John Betjeman's Guide to English Parish Churches and updated by Nigel Kerr. London: HarperCollins, page 186, 1993. Dorset Historic Churches Trust. Dorset Churches, Dorchester: DHCT, page 58, 1988. Hope, M. Dorset, In: Humphrey, S. C. ed. Blue