Castleton, Dorset

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Sherborne Castle and Lake - - 93207.jpg
Sherborne Castle and Lake. Most of the land in view lies within Castleton parish.
Castleton is located in Dorset
Castleton shown within Dorset
Population155 [1]
OS grid referenceST648168
Civil parish
  • Castleton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°57′00″N 2°28′59″W / 50.950°N 2.483°W / 50.950; -2.483Coordinates: 50°57′00″N 2°28′59″W / 50.950°N 2.483°W / 50.950; -2.483

Castleton is a civil parish in the English county of Dorset, lying within the West Dorset administrative district. The parish virtually encircles the town of Sherborne, and contains within its boundary both Sherborne Castle and Sherborne Old Castle. These and other buildings within the parish are today generally regarded as comprising part of Sherborne. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 155.[1]

Roman remains have been found at two sites in the parish: at Pinford Lane, in the east, and near Sandford Lane, in the north. The Pinford Lane site revealed the remains of buildings, an oven or kiln, coins, pottery, brooches and beads. The Sandford Lane site revealed more remains of buildings, coins and one brooch.[2]

Most of the houses in the parish, but not the church, were pulled down when the railway was built through the town.[3] Castleton shares a grouped parish council, Yeohead & Castleton Parish Council, with the three village parishes of Poyntington, Goathill and Oborne.[4]

The parish is currently in the West Dorset District ward of Queen Thorne, the Dorset County division of Sherborne Rural, and the Parliament constituency of West Dorset; the current MP is Sir Oliver Letwin (Conservative), who was Shadow Chancellor from 2003 to 2005.


  1. ^ a b "Area: Castleton (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  2. ^ "'Castleton', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1: West (1952), pp. 63-70". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2014.
  3. ^ Online Parish Clerk - Sherborne, accessed 1 December 2011
  4. ^ "Yeohead & Castleton Parish Council". Retrieved 3 February 2015.

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