Hazelbury Bryan

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Hazelbury Bryan
Hazelbury Bryan, church tower - geograph.org.uk - 1133744.jpg
Parish church of St Mary and St James
Hazelbury Bryan is located in Dorset
Hazelbury Bryan
Hazelbury Bryan
Hazelbury Bryan shown within Dorset
Population 1,059 
OS grid reference ST747089
Civil parish
  • Hazelbury Bryan
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°52′44″N 2°21′48″W / 50.8789°N 2.3632°W / 50.8789; -2.3632Coordinates: 50°52′44″N 2°21′48″W / 50.8789°N 2.3632°W / 50.8789; -2.3632

Hazelbury Bryan is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is situated in the Blackmore Vale in the North Dorset administrative district, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of the small town of Sturminster Newton. The parish includes the hamlets of Droop, Kingston, Parkgate, Pidney, Pleck, Wonston and Woodrow. In the 2011 census the parish had 480 dwellings,[1] 454 households and a population of 1,059.[2]

In 1201 the village name was spelled Hasebere.[citation needed] The name is derived from the Old English hæsel and bearu, meaning a hazel grove or wood, plus the manorial name of the Bryene or de Bryan family; Sir Guy de Bryan, of Woodsford Castle, gave his surname to the village in the 14th century when he married the daughter of the First Earl of Salisbury.[3][4]

The original settlement in the village is the hamlet of Droop,[4] which is the location of the parish church. The church dates mostly from the 15th century, though it is perhaps the third building to have existed on the site.[4][5] The other hamlets in the village are believed to have originated as a result of the Black Death twice afflicting the original settlement, and the villagers responding by burning it and rebuilding several smaller settlements on higher ground nearby.[4]

The geology of the parish consists of Oxford clay in the northwest, a band of Corallian limestone and sand running from southwest to northeast, and Kimmeridge clay in the southeast. Drainage consists of several small streams flowing northwest and north into the River Lydden and northeast into the River Stour.[6]

Hazelbury Bryan civil parish is the most populous parish within the electoral ward of Lydden Vale, which extends from Fifehead Neville parish in the north to Mappowder in the south and Glanvilles Wootton in the west. The population of the ward at the 2011 census was 1,967.[7]


  1. ^ "Area: Hazelbury Bryan (Parish). Dwellings, Household Spaces and Accommodation Type, 2011 (KS401EW)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Area: Hazelbury Bryan (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  3. ^ David Mills, ed. (2011). A Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford University Press. p. 231. ISBN 978-0-19-960908-6. 
  4. ^ a b c d North Dorset District Council, District Official Guide, Home Publishing Co. Ltd., c.1983, p35
  5. ^ "Hazelbury Bryan". The Dorset Historic Churches Trust. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "'Hazelbury Bryan', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 3, Central (London, 1970), pp. 105-109". British History Online. University of London. 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lydden Vale". ukcensusdata.com. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 

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