North Wootton, Dorset

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North Wootton
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North Wootton
North Wootton is located in Dorset
North Wootton
North Wootton
North Wootton shown within Dorset
Population50 [1]
OS grid referenceST655145
Civil parish
  • North Wootton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°55′43″N 2°29′31″W / 50.9285°N 2.4919°W / 50.9285; -2.4919Coordinates: 50°55′43″N 2°29′31″W / 50.9285°N 2.4919°W / 50.9285; -2.4919

North Wootton is a hamlet and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southeast of Sherborne. It is sited on a narrow band of Cornbrash limestone, with Oxford clay adjacent to the southeast and Forest Marble to the northwest.[2] In 2013 the estimated population of the parish was 50.[1]

The land of the parish has traditionally been owned by the owner of Sherborne Castle, so past owners have included Sir Walter Raleigh and bishops of Salisbury Cathedral. Residents of the parish previously had to take the deceased to Sherborne Abbey for burial; this arrangement stopped in 1618.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 18. ISBN 0-7090-0844-9.
  3. ^ West Dorset, Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1982. p. 14.

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