Milborne St Andrew

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Milborne St Andrew
Milborne St. Andrew, parish church of St. Andrew - - 518514.jpg
Parish church of St Andrew
Milborne St Andrew is located in Dorset
Milborne St Andrew
Milborne St Andrew
Location within Dorset
OS grid referenceSY805975
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDT11
FireDorset and Wiltshire
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EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
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50°46′40″N 2°16′55″W / 50.7779°N 2.2819°W / 50.7779; -2.2819Coordinates: 50°46′40″N 2°16′55″W / 50.7779°N 2.2819°W / 50.7779; -2.2819
The Square, Milborne St Andrew circa 1900

Milborne St Andrew is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is sited in a winterbourne valley on the dip slope of the Dorset Downs, on the A354 road 9 miles (14 km) northeast of the county town Dorchester. It lies in the North Dorset administrative district. In the 2011 census the parish had 472 dwellings,[1] 453 households and a population of 1,062.[2]


Weatherby Castle is an Iron Age hill fort that encloses about 17.5 acres (7.1 ha) on a spur of land about 0.75 miles (1.21 km) south of the village. Its structure comprises two concentric enclosures, though parts have been damaged by cultivation and ploughing. Pieces of Roman ware were found within the site in the 19th century.[3]

In 1086 in the Domesday Book Milborne St Andrew was recorded as Meleburne;[4] it had 10 households, 4 ploughlands, 5 acres (2.0 ha) of meadow and 1 mill. It was in Puddletown Hundred and the lord and tenant-in-chief was Matthew of Mortagne.[5]

There were originally two settlements within the parish: St Andrew to the south of the Dorchester-Blandford road, and Deverel to the north, though over time these coalesced into one settlement around where the road crosses the Milborne Brook. At the end of the 19th century St Andrew's ecclesiastical parish was enlarged by the addition of neighbouring Milborne Stileham to the south east (previously part of Bere Regis parish), though the civil parishes remained separate until 1933.[3]


Milborne St Andrew is in the Abbey electoral ward, which also includes Winterborne Kingston, Winterborne Whitechurch, Milton Abbas and Hilton. The ward population in the 2011 census was 3,897.[6] The ward is part of the constituency of North Dorset, and is currently (2018) represented in the UK parliament by the Conservative Simon Hoare.[7]


There are a number of community facilities within the village, including an infants' school (Milborne St Andrew First School), a public house (the Royal Oak), a parish church (Church of England, dedicated to St Andrew and founded in 1069), and a sports club and pavilion, home of the Milborne Sports Football Club which was nominated Dorset FA Charter Club of the Year in 2008.[citation needed] Milborne Sports Football Club also supports two youth teams. In May 2016 Milborne St Andrew (under 11) came second in the Dorset Youth League Cup.[citation needed]

Literary connections[edit]

Thomas Hardy described Milborne St Andrew as "Millpond St Jude's" in his novel Far From the Madding Crowd.[8] Weatherby Castle is the 'tower' of Hardy's novel Two on a Tower.[citation needed]

Notable residents[edit]

John Morton, the 15th-century Lord Chancellor and Archbishop of Canterbury, was born at Milborne Stileham.[9]


  1. ^ "Area: Milborne St. Andrew (Parish), Dwellings, Household Spaces and Accommodation Type, 2011 (KS401EW)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Area: Milborne St. Andrew (Parish), Key Figure for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b "'Milborne St. Andrew', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 3, Central (London, 1970), pp. 175-182". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Dorset H-R". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Place: Milborne [St Andrew]". Open Domesday. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Abbey ward 2011". Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Dorset North Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015. BBC. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
  8. ^ Sir Frederick Treves (1905). Highways and Byways in Dorset. Macmillan & Co. Ltd. p. 104.
  9. ^ North Dorset District Council (1982). North Dorset District Official Guide. Home Publishing Co. Ltd. p. 41.

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