Castleton, Dorset

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Sherborne Castle and Lake. Most of the land in view lies within Castleton parish.
Castleton is located in Dorset
 Castleton shown within Dorset
Population 155 [1]
OS grid reference ST648168
Civil parish Castleton
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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Castleton is a civil parish in the English county of Dorset, lying within the West Dorset administrative district. The parish virtually encircles the town of Sherborne, and contains within its boundary both Sherborne Castle and Sherborne Old Castle. These and other buildings within the parish are today generally regarded as comprising part of Sherborne. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 155.[1]

Roman remains have been found at two sites in the parish: at Pinford Lane, in the east, and near Sandford Lane, in the north. The Pinford Lane site revealed the remains of buildings, an oven or kiln, coins, pottery, brooches and beads. The Sandford Lane site revealed more remains of buildings, coins and one brooch.[2]

Most of the houses in the parish, but not the church, were pulled down when the railway was built through the town.[3] Castleton shares a grouped parish council, Yeohead & Castleton Parish Council, with the three village parishes of Poyntington, Goathill and Oborne.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area: Castleton (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "'Castleton', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1: West (1952), pp. 63-70". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 7 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Online Parish Clerk - Sherborne, accessed 1 December 2011
  4. "Yeohead & Castleton Parish Council". Retrieved 3 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

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