River Tarrant

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Tarrant
River
Weir on the River Tarrant near Tarrant Crawford - geograph.org.uk - 452279.jpg
Tarrant near Tarrant Crawford
Country United Kingdom
County Dorset
Source
 - location Tarrant Gunville, Dorset
 - coordinates 50°55′N 2°07′W / 50.917°N 2.117°W / 50.917; -2.117
Mouth
 - location Tarrant Crawford, Dorset
 - coordinates 50°49′44″N 2°07′14″W / 50.82894°N 2.12062°W / 50.82894; -2.12062Coordinates: 50°49′44″N 2°07′14″W / 50.82894°N 2.12062°W / 50.82894; -2.12062
Location within Dorset

The River Tarrant is a 12 km long tributary of the River Stour in Dorset. The valley lies to the east of Blandford Forum and runs through Cranborne Chase, an area of chalk downland. The eight Tarrant Valley villages all bear the name of the river. Listed in order from the river's source they are:

  • Tarrant Gunville: the source of the river is in the grounds of Gunville House, now demolished. The Parish Church is dedicated to St Mary.
  • Tarrant Hinton: a village at a crossroads. The Parish Church is dedicated to St Mary.
  • Tarrant Launceston: a hamlet with a 3-arched 17th-century bridge. The Church dedicated to St Mary, was demolished in the 1700s (the site is on Higher Dairy Farm). Now part of the Parish of Tarrant Monkton.
  • Tarrant Monkton: a village with a Parish Church dedicated to All Saints.
  • Tarrant Rawston: a very small settlement. This once had a Parish Church dedicated to St Mary, which still exists and is in Private Ownership but remains as a Church.
  • Tarrant Rushton: a village with a Parish Church dedicated to St Mary. Near here was a World War II RAF airfield.
  • Tarrant Keyneston: this is the largest village of the eight; has a Parish Church dedicated to All Saints.
  • Tarrant Crawford, the final settlement, lies at the confluence of the rivers Tarrant and Stour. Here there is the Church of St Mary the Virgin held by the Churches Conservation Trust and Tarrant Abbey farm, where once stood a nunnery. Tarrant Crawford became part of the Parish of Tarrant Keyneston.

There were three other Tarrant Communities;

  • Tarrant Stubhampton north of Tarrant Gunville and part of that Parish: This is now known as Stubhampton. In the middle ages, a Church existed in that Village.
  • Tarrant Antioch which may have been an earlier name for Tarrant Rawston, or may have been a distinct community just north of Tarrant Rawston. Tarrant Antioch was served by St Mary Tarrant Crawford, where there was a devotion to St Margaret of Antioch.
  • Tarrant Preston: This was a hamlet and still exists marked by Preston Farm.

A Roman road followed the valley and there are many tumuli on the hills on both sides of the river, evidence of long occupation.

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