Stour Provost

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Stour Provost
Terraced houses in Stour Provost - - 348605.jpg
Stour Provost
Stour Provost is located in Dorset
Stour Provost
Stour Provost
Stour Provost shown within Dorset
Population 579 
OS grid reference ST793215
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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50°59′32″N 2°17′45″W / 50.9923°N 2.2957°W / 50.9923; -2.2957Coordinates: 50°59′32″N 2°17′45″W / 50.9923°N 2.2957°W / 50.9923; -2.2957

Stour Provost is a village and civil parish in the Blackmore Vale area of north Dorset, England, situated on the River Stour between Sturminster Newton and Gillingham. In old writings it is usually spelled Stower Provost.

Stour Provost once constituted a liberty, containing only the parish itself. Today the civil parish includes the settlements of Woodville and Stour Row to the east.[1] In the 2011 census the civil parish had 235 households and a population of 579.[2]

After the establishment of Stour Provost village near the River Stour, at least four smaller settlements were established in a piecemeal fashion from the 13th century - or perhaps earlier - in the common land or "waste" further east, at Woodville and beyond. These small groups of farms, with their own irregular shaped fields, were separated by unenclosed "waste" probably until the 18th century, when it was enclosed and divided into rectilinear fields.[3]

The nearest railway station is in neighbouring Gillingham, Dorset. Trains run on the Exeter to Waterloo line.

See also[edit]

List of liberties in Dorset.


  1. ^ North Dorset District Council (c. 1983). North Dorset District Official Guide. Home Publishing Co. Ltd. pp. 47–9. 
  2. ^ "Area: Stour Provost (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "'Stour Provost', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 4, North (London, 1972), pp. 79-84". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 16 March 2015. 

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