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Dewlish Village Hall
Dewlish is located in Dorset
Location within Dorset
Population284 [1]
OS grid referenceSY775982
Unitary authority
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
List of places
50°47′00″N 2°19′15″W / 50.7832°N 2.3208°W / 50.7832; -2.3208Coordinates: 50°47′00″N 2°19′15″W / 50.7832°N 2.3208°W / 50.7832; -2.3208

Dewlish is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, and is situated approximately 7 miles (11 km) north-east of the county town Dorchester. The village is sited in the valley of the small Devil's Brook among the chalk hills of the Dorset Downs; the parish covers about 2,100 acres (850 ha) and extends west to include part of the valley of the small Cheselbourne stream, and east to include a dry valley at Dennet's Bottom.[2] The surrounding area is part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 284.[1]

In the 19th century the remains of two prehistoric mammoths, dating from about one million years BC, were found in the hillside above the village; two of the tusks were taken to the county museum at Dorchester.[3]

In 1740 the tessellated pavement of a Roman villa was discovered in the village.[3]

Dewlish was also the main part of the Liberty of the same name, including Dewlish itself and a part of Milborne St Andrew.

See also[edit]

List of hundreds in Dorset


  1. ^ a b "Area: Dewlish (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  2. ^ "'Dewlish', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 3: Central (1970), pp. 84-89". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. p. 87. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.

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