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Main Street, Broadmayne
Broadmayne is located in Dorset
 Broadmayne shown within Dorset
Population 1,864 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference SY729865
District West Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DT2
Dialling code 01305
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament West Dorset
List of places

Coordinates: 50°40′39″N 2°22′58″W / 50.6774°N 2.3828°W / 50.6774; -2.3828

Broadmayne is a village in the English county of Dorset. It lies within the West Dorset administrative district, two miles south-east of the county town Dorchester. The A352 main road between Dorchester (from Sherborne) and Wareham passes through the village. In the 2001 Census the population of the village was 1,864. Village facilities and services include a Post Office, a clinic and a public house (The Black Dog). There are two churches in the village, both of which were redesigned by Thomas Hardy.[1] The parish church of St. Martin dates from the 13th century and has a notable south tower. The family estate of Sir Ferdinand Gorges, the colony founder of the state of Maine in the northeast United States, was in Broadmayne; one theory is that the state was named after the village.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ West Dorset District Council, West Dorset Holiday and Tourist Guide, c.1983, p5
  2. ^ Kathy Guyton (2009). U.S. State Names: The Stories of How Our States Were Named. Mountain Storm Press, Nederland, Colorado. pp. 127–136. 
  3. ^ "Who Really Named Maine?". rootsweb. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Origin of Maine's Name". Retrieved 9 July 2014. 

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