Stoke Abbott

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Stoke Abbott
Stoke Abbott, parish church of St. Mary - - 447454.jpg
Parish church of St Mary
Stoke Abbott is located in Dorset
Stoke Abbott
Stoke Abbott
 Stoke Abbott shown within Dorset
Population 200 [1]
OS grid reference ST453006
District West Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament West Dorset
List of places

Coordinates: 50°48′10″N 2°46′39″W / 50.8027°N 2.7776°W / 50.8027; -2.7776

Stoke Abbott is a village and civil parish in west Dorset, England, 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Beaminster. In 2012 the estimated population of the parish was 200.[1]

The author Ralph Wightman, agriculturist, broadcaster, and native of Dorset, described the village as "a beautiful place of deep lanes, orchards and old houses, with a church of quiet charm",[2] and, in a similar vein, Sir Frederick Treves in 1905 considered it "as pretty a village as any in Dorset".[3]

On Waddon Hill to the northwest of the village are the remains of earthworks of an early settlement, consisting of a low bank 9 metres (30 ft) wide and traces of a ditch, though historic quarrying around the hill may have destroyed more. Mid-1st-century Roman and Romano-British military artefacts were found on the hill's southern slopes in 1876–8.[4] In the Domesday Book in 1086 the village was recorded as Stoche[5] and had 32 households.[6]

The parish church of St Mary the Virgin has Norman origins but has been altered and added to over the centuries. The 12th-century font is notable.[4] The Very Rev Hedley Robert Burrows (1887 - 1983), who later became Archdeacon of Winchester and then Dean of Hereford, was incumbent at Stoke Abbott for a time.


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 154. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9. 
  3. ^ Treves, Sir F., Highways and Byways in Dorset, Macmillan, 1905, p284
  4. ^ a b "'Stoke Abbott', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1: West (1952), pp. 224-226". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dorset S–Z". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Place: Stoke [Abbott]". Open Domesday. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 

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