Frampton, Dorset

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Houses in Frampton
Frampton is located in Dorset
 Frampton shown within Dorset
Population 524 [1]
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
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Frampton is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) northwest of the county town Dorchester. It is sited in the Frome valley among chalk hills of the Dorset Downs. The village's name is a derivation from "Frome Town".[2]

The A356 main road and the Heart of Wessex railway line run through the village; the nearest railway station is approximately 2.5 miles (4.0 km) away at Maiden Newton. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 524.[1] Frampton was once the centre of a Liberty of the same name.

Roman tessellated pavements have been found at Frampton, depicting one of the earliest known Christian symbols in England.[3] In 1704 Robert Browne built Frampton Court in the vicinity of the village. The site was where there had at one time been a cell of the Abbey of Saint-Étienne in Caen, Normandy.[4] In the nineteenth century the Game Laws, which govern English field sports, were drafted at the Court.[5] Many of the cottages in the village are from the Frampton estate.[6] Around 1840 the owner of the Court demolished many houses in the village (on the south side of the main road) and replaced them with trees, to improve the view from the Court.[6] Today the legacy of the Court and its park is that the valley around Frampton is still well-wooded, and most of the houses in the village lie to the north of the main road. Frampton Court itself was demolished in 1935.[6]

Frampton includes the small hamlet of Southover on the south side of the river. This previously comprised two farms—Southover Farm and Longlands Farm—and accompanying labourers cottages, plus a large private house with tiered gardens and an orchard. Today the agricultural basis of Southover has declined and most of the cottages and houses are in private hands.

See also

List of hundreds in Dorset.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area: Frampton (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Sir Frederick Treves (1905). Highways and Byways in Dorset. Macmillan & Co. Ltd. p. 361.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. West Dorset, Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1983. p. 9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "'Frampton', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1: West (1952), pp. 114-117". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 93. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. p. 142. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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