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Seatown in November 2008, with Golden Cap in the background
Seatown is located in Dorset
Seatown shown within Dorset
OS grid referenceSY420918
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBridport
Postcode districtDT6
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
  • West Dorset
List of places
50°43′22″N 2°49′22″W / 50.7227°N 2.8229°W / 50.7227; -2.8229Coordinates: 50°43′22″N 2°49′22″W / 50.7227°N 2.8229°W / 50.7227; -2.8229

Seatown is a coastal hamlet in Dorset, England, sited on the English Channel approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) west-southwest of Bridport. It lies within the civil parish of Chideock in the West Dorset administrative district.

The coast at Seatown is part of the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site stretching for 96 miles (154 km). The surrounding area is also designated part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast of England, lies 1 mile (1.6 km) to the west.

Seatown comprises a small number of houses, a holiday park, some holiday cottages and "The Anchor" pub. The small River Winniford or Wynreford[1] runs into the sea here. Seatown beach is popular with fossil collectors, with rock of Late Jurassic/Early Cretaceous. The beach is privately owned; it is free to access but parking is charged.

'Furmity'—a mix of wheat, dried fruit and sugar, often with added spirits—was one of the products sold at a Whit Monday Fair which used to be held in Seatown. In Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge, the character Michael Henchard got drunk on laced furmity and sold his wife while inebriated.[1]


  1. ^ a b Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. pp. 123–4. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.

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