Nether Cerne

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Nether Cerne
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Nether Cerne
Nether Cerne is located in Dorset
Nether Cerne
Nether Cerne
Nether Cerne shown within Dorset
Population20 [1]
OS grid referenceSY670983
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDorchester
Postcode districtDT2
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°46′58″N 2°28′09″W / 50.7829°N 2.4691°W / 50.7829; -2.4691Coordinates: 50°46′58″N 2°28′09″W / 50.7829°N 2.4691°W / 50.7829; -2.4691

Nether Cerne is a hamlet and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It lies within the West Dorset administrative district, about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of the county town Dorchester and 12 miles (19 km) south of Sherborne. The A352 road which connects those towns lies about 250 metres (270 yd) to the west. Dorset County Council's latest (2013) estimate of the parish population is 20.[1]

Nether Cerne is sited by the small River Cerne which rises near Minterne Magna 4 miles (6.4 km) to the north and runs in a narrow valley which is aligned roughly north-south. The Cerne Valley is one of several roughly parallel valleys which drain the dip slope of the Dorset Downs.

The settlement of Nether Cerne comprises a church and adjacent late 17th-century house, plus a few cottages.[2] In 1906 Sir Frederick Treves described the house and church as "ancient old cronies, still hobnobbing together".[3] All Saints Church was originally built from rubble and flint in the second half of the 13th century,[2] though it was restored in 1876[4] and has a 15th-century tower.[2] It is maintained by The Churches Conservation Trust (previously the Redundant Churches Fund).[2]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. pp. 148–9. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.
  3. ^ Sir Frederick Treves (1906). Highways and Byways in Dorset. Macmillan & Co. Ltd. p. 339.
  4. ^ "Nether Cerne". Dorset OPC Project. Retrieved 20 February 2013.

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