Woodsford shown within Dorset
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Woodsford is a hamlet and civil parish in the county of Dorset in South West England. It lies in the Frome valley in the West Dorset administrative district, about 5 miles (8.0 km) east of the county town Dorchester. The valley here is wide and the fields used to be managed using a system of watermeadows. Dorset County Council's 2012 mid-year estimate of the parish population is 80.
In the 11th century Woodsford was recorded in the Domesday Book as Waredesford, a name which was ascribed by 18th-century historian John Hutchins to mean a ford across the Varia, the latter being an alternative name for the River Frome, although more recent opinion is that Waredesford referred to a ford belonging to a man named Weard. Two holdings were recorded, which have been interpreted as corresponding to East Woodsford (the current village) and West Woodsford (now Woodsford Castle).
- "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 10 March 2014. Retrieved 30 May 2014.
- Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 49. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9.
- "Woodsford". Dorset OPC Project. 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
- "An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 2: South East". University of London & History of Parliament Trust. (British History Online). 2013 . Retrieved 28 November 2013.
- "Woodsford Castle". Pastscape. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- M A Rodger (February 2009). "Some Lost Castles Of Dorset". Dorset Life. Retrieved 28 November 2013.
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