Iwerne Minster

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Iwerne Minster
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View over Iwerne Minster from the west
Iwerne Minster is located in Dorset
Iwerne Minster
Iwerne Minster
 Iwerne Minster shown within Dorset
Population 978 [1]
OS grid reference ST865143
District North Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Blandford
Postcode district DT11
Dialling code 01747
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Dorset
List of places

Coordinates: 50°55′42″N 2°11′26″W / 50.9284°N 2.1906°W / 50.9284; -2.1906

Iwerne Minster /ˈjuːɜrn/ 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, approximately midway between the towns of Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum. The A350 main road between the towns passes through the edge of the village, just to the west. The parish covers an area of 2,865 acres (1,159 ha)[2] at an altitude of about 52 to 190 metres (171 to 623 ft).[3] From east to west the geology of the parish comprises chalk hills in the east, then upper greensand and gault, through to lower greensand around the Fontmell Brook in the northwest.[2] In the 2011 census the parish had 298 households and a population of 978.[1]

In the Domesday Book in 1086 the village was recorded as Euneministre (or Euneminstre).[4][5] It was in Sixpenny Hundred and the lord and tenant-in-chief was Shaftesbury Abbey.[6]

Iwerne Minster House (today home to Clayesmore School, a fee-paying boarding and day school) was built in 1796 by the Bowyer Bower family (who had owned the village and estate of Iwerne Minster since at least 1645), 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.

In fiction, a pre-Norman conquest Iwerne Minster is imagined (along with neighbouring village Shroton) in Julian Rathbone's novel The Last English King.

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  1. ^ a b "Area: Iwerne Minster (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "'Iwerne Minster', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 4, North (London, 1972), pp. 36-41". British History Online. University of London. 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Pathfinder Series, sheet 1281 (ST 81/91), Shillingstone & Tollard Royal, published 1987, ISBN 0-319-21281-5
  4. ^ David Mills, ed. (2011). A Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford University Press. p. 259–260. ISBN 978-0-19-960908-6. 
  5. ^ "Dorset H-R". The Domesday Book Online. domesdaybook.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Iwerne Minster". Open Domesday. http://domesdaymap.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 

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