West Stour, Dorset
The Ship Inn, West Stour
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West Stour is a village and civil parish situated in the Blackmore Vale area of North Dorset, England. It is one of a group of villages known as The Stours, located in the River Stour Valley, 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Gillingham. West Stour has a village hall, one public house and a service station on the main A30 road. In 2013 the civil parish had an estimated population of 140.
In 1086 in the Domesday Book two settlements were recorded in the parish: West Stour and Little Kington. The latter remained small but West Stour developed into a village. West Stour's open fields were enclosed in 1779.
The nearest railway station is at Gillingham. Trains run on the Exeter to Waterloo line.
- "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
- "'West Stour', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 4, North (London, 1972), pp. 116-117". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
- "Welcome to The Stours Parish Council Website". The Stours Group Parish Council. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
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