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Charing Cross, Alderholt
Alderholt is located in Dorset
Location within Dorset
Population3,171 [1]
OS grid referenceSU119126
• London82 mi (132 km) SW
Civil parish
  • Alderholt
Unitary authority
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtSP6
Dialling code01425
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°54′48″N 1°49′54″W / 50.9133°N 1.8317°W / 50.9133; -1.8317Coordinates: 50°54′48″N 1°49′54″W / 50.9133°N 1.8317°W / 50.9133; -1.8317

Alderholt /ˈɔːldərhlt/ is a large village and civil parish in east Dorset, England; situated 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Fordingbridge. The parish includes the hamlets of Crendell and Cripplestyle. The local travel links are located 11 miles (18 km) from the village to Salisbury railway station and 9 miles (14 km) to Bournemouth International Airport. The main road running through the village is the B3078 connecting Alderholt to Fordingbridge and Shaftesbury. The village has a population of 3,113 according to the 2001 Census, increasing along with the electoral ward of the same name to 3,171 at the 2011 Census.[2]

The village is served by a small Co-operative store, (previously a Spar, until early 2007), veterinary clinic and part-time GP surgery. The village pub is The Churchill Arms. There are three churches in the village: Alderholt Chapel,[3] St James' Church of England, and the Tabernacle Gospel Church. Until mid-2014, Alderholt also had its own independent pet store.

The village also has a large recreation ground with a sports and social club, two tennis courts, and a children's play area.

Until 1964, the village was served by a railway station named Daggons Road, situated to the west of the village, and on a line connecting to Fordingbridge and Salisbury to the north, and Verwood and Wimborne to the south.

The civil parish was created in 1894. A Parish Book was published in 1994 by the Alderholt Parish Council, recording Parish details and interest over the 100 years.[4]

Alderholt is home to the ReCreate Arts Festival each April and has hosted such acts as Dodgy, Andy Kind and S Club.


  1. ^ Census, 2011
  2. ^ "Parish and ward 2011". Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Alderholt Chapel". 2011. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ Kelly's Directory of Dorset, 1895

External links[edit]

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