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Netherbury, parish church of St. Mary - - 519517.jpg
Parish church of St Mary
Netherbury is located in Dorset
Location within Dorset
Population1,314 [1]
OS grid referenceSY470993
Unitary authority
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDT6
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°47′27″N 2°45′13″W / 50.7908°N 2.7535°W / 50.7908; -2.7535Coordinates: 50°47′27″N 2°45′13″W / 50.7908°N 2.7535°W / 50.7908; -2.7535

Netherbury is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It lies within the Dorset Council administrative area, by the small River Brit, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of Beaminster and 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Bridport. The A3066 road connecting those towns lies 0.5 miles to the east.


In the 2011 census the parish – which includes the small settlements of Melplash, North Bowood, South Bowood, Salwayash, Wooth and Mangerton – had a population of 1,314.[1] Netherbury is within an electoral ward that bears its name and stretches south to the edge of Bridport. The population of this ward was 2,080 in the 2011 census.[2]


In addition to domestic buildings, Netherbury village comprises a church, a village hall, and a play park. The church has a Norman font, a 15th-century altar tomb and a 16th-century pulpit.[3] On the hills surrounding the village are examples of strip lynchets.[3]

The valley of the River Brit used to contain several mills to process the flax used in the rope-making industry at Bridport. In Netherbury the river is crossed by a 17th-century bridge which has three dissimilar arches: the large round eastern arch is constructed for the millrace.[4]

The novelist Mary Anna Needell lived here with her family in the 1880s.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Area: Netherbury (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Netherbury". ukcensusdata. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b West Dorset District Council (c. 1982). West Dorset Holiday and Tourist Guide. p. 14.
  4. ^ Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Limited. pp. 127–8. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.
  5. ^ Retrieved 2 March 2015.

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