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Dewlish Village Hall
Dewlish is located in Dorset
 Dewlish shown within Dorset
Population 284 [1]
OS grid reference SY775982
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
List of places

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Dewlish is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district approximately 7 miles (11 km) north-east of the county town Dorchester. The village is sited in the valley of the small Devil's Brook among the chalk hills of the Dorset Downs; the parish covers about 2,100 acres (850 ha) and extends west to include part of the valley of the small Cheselbourne stream, and east to include a dry valley at Dennet's Bottom.[2] The surrounding area is part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 284.[1]

In the 19th century the remains of two prehistoric mammoths, dating from about one million years BC, were found in the hillside above the village; two of the tusks were taken to the county museum at Dorchester.[3]

In 1740 the tessellated pavement of a Roman villa was discovered in the village.[3]

Dewlish was also the main part of the Liberty of the same name, including Dewlish itself and a part of Milborne St Andrew.

See also

List of hundreds in Dorset


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area: Dewlish (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "'Dewlish', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 3: Central (1970), pp. 84-89". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. p. 87. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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