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All Saints Church, Chalbury
Chalbury is located in Dorset
Chalbury shown within Dorset
Population 140 
OS grid reference SU018068
Civil parish
  • Chalbury
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WIMBORNE
Postcode district BH21
Dialling code 01258
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°51′40″N 1°58′30″W / 50.861°N 1.975°W / 50.861; -1.975Coordinates: 50°51′40″N 1°58′30″W / 50.861°N 1.975°W / 50.861; -1.975

Chalbury is a village in the English county of Dorset. It lies on the southern edge of Cranborne Chase within the East Dorset administrative district of the county, four miles north of Wimborne Minster and four miles west of Verwood. The village is sited on Chalbury Hill, the view from which has been described as "one of the most fascinating in the county".[1] The Dorset broadcaster Ralph Wightman wrote of the hill and its view:

"Here there is a hill which is only three hundred feet high but which manages to give a wonderful view over woodland, heath, fertile chalk and the distant Isle of Wight. This feeling of immense space seen from relatively small hills is a blessed peculiarity of Dorset."[2]

The village has a population of 140 (2001). Journalist Mary Frances Billington was born at Chalbury in 1862, while her father was the rector at All Saints' Church.[3]


In a 2004 adaptation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio is given the (fictitious) title of the Earl of Chalbury.


  1. ^ Treves, Sir F., Highways and Byways in Dorset, Macmillan, 1905, p119
  2. ^ Ralph Wightman, Portrait of Dorset, Hale, 1983, p. 58
  3. ^ Fred Hunter, "Billington, Mary Frances (1862–1925)" Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press 2004).

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