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Ibberton, parish church of St. Eustace - geograph.org.uk - 513832.jpg
Parish church of St Eustace
Ibberton is located in Dorset
Ibberton shown within Dorset
Population 101 
OS grid reference ST788077
Civil parish
  • Ibberton
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places
50°52′09″N 2°18′12″W / 50.8692°N 2.3034°W / 50.8692; -2.3034Coordinates: 50°52′09″N 2°18′12″W / 50.8692°N 2.3034°W / 50.8692; -2.3034

Ibberton is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is situated in the Blackmore Vale under the scarp face of the Dorset Downs, 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Sturminster Newton and 7 miles (11 km) west of Blandford Forum. The parish covers almost 1,400 acres (570 ha) and extends over the chalk downs that lie to the south.[1] In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 101,[2] a reduction from 134 in 2001.[3]

The name Ibberton derives from the Old English Ēadbeorht (a personal name), ing and tūn, and means 'estate associated with the man Ēadbeorht'. In 1086 in the Domesday Book it was recorded as Abristetone.[4] Later variants of the name include Ebrictinton and Edbrichton.[citation needed]

The parish church of St Eustace occupies a site that gives far-reaching views northwards over the Blackmore Vale,[5] and Ibberton Hill to the south provides an even loftier vantage point.

Community facilities within the village include a village hall, which is also used by the neighbouring villages of Belchalwell and Woolland,[6] and a cricket ground.[5]


  1. ^ "'Ibberton', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 3, Central (London, 1970), pp. 123-125". British History Online. University of London. 2014. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Area: Ibberton (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. 28 April 2004. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  4. ^ David Mills, ed. (2011). A Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford University Press. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-19-960908-6. 
  5. ^ a b Wilkinson, Matt; Bold, Dan (November 2011). "The Dorset Walk – Woolland, Belchalwell and Ibberton". Dorset Life Magazine. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to Ibberton and Belchalwell, with Woolland, Village Hall online". Ibberton & Belchalwell Village Hall. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 

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