West Bexington

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West Bexington
West Bexington from inland - geograph.org.uk - 351842.jpg
West Bexington viewed from inland
West Bexington is located in Dorset
West Bexington
West Bexington
 West Bexington shown within Dorset
OS grid reference SY533868
District West Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament West Dorset
List of places
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Coordinates: 50°40′41″N 2°39′14″W / 50.678°N 2.654°W / 50.678; -2.654

West Bexington is a village in south west Dorset, England, sited just behind the Chesil Beach about 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Bridport. It is in the West Dorset administrative district and forms part of the civil parish of Puncknowle. The coast here is part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.

History[edit]

In the Domesday Book of 1086 the estate here was recorded as Bessintone; it had twenty households and was owned by a Roger Arundel.[1]

The present houses in West Bexington were built between 1919 and 1939, on plots of farmland which had been sold due to the land becoming agriculturally derelict. At the same time a swimming pool was also built behind the beach.[2]

Nature reserve[edit]

The village of West Bexington provides access to the Chesil Beach. The West Bexington nature reserve is one of the Dorset Wildlife Trust's few coastal reserves. It is internationally important because of the rare vegetated shingle habitat that thrives here (Rock Samphire, Sea Beet, Sea Campion, Sea Kale, Tree Mallow, Tufted Vetch, Wild Carrot, Wild Parsnip, Woody Nightshade, Yellow Horned Poppy and Yellow Iris).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Place: [East and West] Bexington". Open Domesday. domesdaymap.co.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 168. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9. 

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