Wraxall, Dorset

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Lower Wraxall Church - geograph.org.uk - 160876.jpg
Church of St Mary, Lower Wraxall
Wraxall is located in Dorset
Wraxall shown within Dorset
Population 40 [1]
OS grid reference ST572012
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places
50°48′20″N 2°36′21″W / 50.8056°N 2.6059°W / 50.8056; -2.6059Coordinates: 50°48′20″N 2°36′21″W / 50.8056°N 2.6059°W / 50.8056; -2.6059

Wraxall is a civil parish in the English county of Dorset, consisting of the two hamlets Higher Wraxall and Lower Wraxall. It is situated in a valley in the chalk hills of the Dorset Downs, about 11 miles (18 km) north-west of the county town Dorchester. Dorset County Council's 2013 mid-year estimate of the parish population is 40.[1]

The origin of the name Wraxall, shared with several other villages in Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset, is thought to be "a nook of land frequented by buzzards".[2]

St Mary's Church is the most noticeable building in the parish.


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Bristol & Avon Family History Society

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