East Orchard

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East Orchard
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Church of St Thomas, East Orchard
East Orchard is located in Dorset
East Orchard
East Orchard
East Orchard shown within Dorset
Population 100 [1]
OS grid reference ST833179
Civil parish
  • East Orchard
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SP7
Dialling code 01747
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
DorsetCoordinates: 50°57′38″N 2°14′21″W / 50.9605°N 2.2392°W / 50.9605; -2.2392

East Orchard is a small village and parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It lies in the Blackmore Vale within the North Dorset administrative district. It is situated roughly midway between the hilltop town of Shaftesbury and the riverside town of Sturminster Newton. It is separated from the neighbouring village of West Orchard by a small stream. In 2013 the estimated population of the civil parish was 100.[1] For local government purposes the parish is grouped with the parishes of West Orchard and Margaret Marsh, to form a Group Parish Council.[2]

The Orchard ("Horcerd") listed in the Domesday Book of 1086,[3] is more likely to refer to "Orchard" near Church Knowle on Purbeck, rather than East and West Orchard.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  2. ^ The Orchards and Margaret Marsh Group Parish Council, dorsetforyou.com
  3. ^ National Archives
  4. ^ H. C. Darby, G. R. Versey, (2008), Domesday Gazetteer, page 124. Cambridge University Press

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