West Stour, Dorset

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West Stour
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The Ship Inn, West Stour
West Stour is located in Dorset
West Stour
West Stour
West Stour shown within Dorset
Population 140 
OS grid reference ST785226
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
DorsetCoordinates: 51°00′09″N 2°18′27″W / 51.0025°N 2.3076°W / 51.0025; -2.3076

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.[1]

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.[2]

West Stour is one of four parishes—the others being East Stour, Stour Provost and Todber—under the governance of The Stours Parish Council.[3]

The nearest railway station is at Gillingham. Trains run on the Exeter to Waterloo line.


  1. ^ "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "'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. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to The Stours Parish Council Website". The Stours Group Parish Council. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 

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