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Thornford is located in Dorset
Thornford shown within Dorset
Population 830 [1]
OS grid reference ST604132
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DT9
Dialling code 01935
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
DorsetCoordinates: 50°55′00″N 2°33′49″W / 50.9167°N 2.5635°W / 50.9167; -2.5635

Thornford is a village and civil parish in north west Dorset, England, situated in the Yeo valley 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Sherborne. Dorset County Council's 2013 mid-year estimate of the population of the parish is 830.[1]

Thornford is in Thornhackett Parish, a combined parish comprising the villages of Thornford and Beer Hackett. The Parish Council comprises seven elected members from Thornford and three from Beer Hackett, all of whom serve a four-year term of office.

The village has a general store and post office, a pub, a primary school,[2] a Norman church,[3] a village hall, a recreation field, a cricket club and a railway station. Thornford railway station is on the Heart of Wessex Line running between Bristol and Weymouth. Thornford is also served by Damory Coaches bus 74 running between Yeovil and Sherborne.There are four buses each way Monday to Friday and no buses run on Saturday nor Sundays

Thornford is mentioned in the Domesday Book where it is called Torneford and is listed as belonging to the Bishop of Salisbury.[4] Archeological finds suggest Bronze Age or earlier inhabitation.[5] A Roman villa has been excavated close to the village.[6]

There are a number of Grade II listed buildings in the village, the centre of which, dominated by a Victorian clock tower, was designated a Conservation area in 1994. The most recent Grade II listing (in February 2008) is the British Telecom telephone box.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  2. ^ (Thornford CEVA)
  3. ^ (St. Mary Magdalene)
  4. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Transliteration London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.1411
  5. ^ Dorset County Archive
  6. ^ "Thornford, Dorset, England". Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  7. ^ "Telephone Box, Thornford". Retrieved 8 October 2015. 

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