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Parish church of St John the Baptist
Broadwindsor is located in Dorset
 Broadwindsor shown within Dorset
Population 1,320 [1]
OS grid reference ST437026
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
Website Broadwindsor Village Website
List of places

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Broadwindsor /ˌbrɔːdˈwɪnzər/ is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in South West England. It lies in the West Dorset administrative district, about 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Beaminster. Broadwindsor was formerly a liberty, containing only the parish itself. Dorset County Council estimate that in 2013 the population of the civil parish was 1,320.[1] In the 2011 census the population of the parish, combined with that of the small parish of Seaborough to the north, was 1,378.[2]

The parish church is principally Perpendicular in style, though it has origins in the 12th and 13th centuries,[3] and was rebuilt in 1868.[4] Thomas Fuller, who wrote The Worthies of England and The History of the Holy Warre, preached here between 1634 and 1650.[5]

King Charles II stayed the night in the village on 23 September 1651, after his flight from the Battle of Worcester.[3][5]

See also

List of liberties in Dorset.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Neighbourhood Statistics. Area: Broadwindsor (Parish).Key figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 December 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 West Dorset Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1983. p. 5.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Reginald J W Hammond (1979). Dorset Coast (4 ed.). Ward Lock Ltd. p. 43. ISBN 0 7063 5494 X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. pp. 107–8. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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