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Owermoigne, parish church of St. Michael - geograph.org.uk - 519567.jpg
Parish church of St Michael
Owermoigne is located in Dorset
Owermoigne shown within Dorset
Population467 [1]
OS grid referenceSY768853
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDT
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
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UK Parliament
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50°40′01″N 2°19′44″W / 50.6669°N 2.3289°W / 50.6669; -2.3289Coordinates: 50°40′01″N 2°19′44″W / 50.6669°N 2.3289°W / 50.6669; -2.3289

Owermoigne (/ˌ.ərˈmɔɪn/ OH-ər-MOYN) is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated 6 miles (9.7 km) south-east of Dorchester. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 467.[1] The parish is within an electoral ward with the same name, which stretches from the east side of the small coastal village of Ringstead north towards Owermoigne and then up to, but not including, Crossways. To the east it covers White Nothe, Holworth and Galton. The population of this ward at the 2011 census was 3,804.[2]

The parish was formerly part of the hundred of Winfrith, and subsequently constituted a liberty by itself.

Owermoigne village is described as Nether Moynton in the fictional Wessex of Thomas Hardy's novels[3] and his short story The Distracted Preacher in Wessex Tales takes place in the village.


  1. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics. Area: Owermoigne (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". ukcensusdata.com. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  3. ^ Reginald J W Hammond (1979). Dorset Coast (4 ed.). Ward Lock Ltd. p. 83. ISBN 0 7063 5494 X.

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