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Goathill St Peter.jpg
St Peter's church, Goathill
Goathill is located in Dorset
 Goathill shown within Dorset
Population 10 [1]
OS grid reference ST
District West Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district DT
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament West Dorset
List of places

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Goathill is a hamlet and civil parish in the county of Dorset in England, situated in the West Dorset district a couple of miles east of the town of Sherborne. It lies very close to the county boundary however, and for much of its history (until 1896) lay instead within the neighbouring county of Somerset, and has been described as being "just in Dorset by a nanny-goat's whisker".[2] It remains part of the diocese of Bath and Wells.[3]

Goathill, together with the three village parishes of Poyntington, Castleton and Oborne, form a group of parishes that share a grouped parish council called Yeohead & Castleton Parish Council.[4]

The parish was part of the hundred of Horethorne.[5]

St Peter's church and a mill are the major buildings. Nearby is Goathill Quarry a place a special scientific interest to geologists as it allows the Fullers Earth layers to be established in relation to the limestone.[6] Dorset County Council estimate that in 2013 Goathill parish had a population of 10.[1]

To the north, in Somerset, is the village of Milborne Port.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Gant, R., Dorset Villages, Hale, 1980, p65
  3. A Church Near You St Peter, Goathill
  4. "Yeohead & Castleton Parish Council". Retrieved 3 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 9 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. English Nature citation sheet for the site (accessed July 2009)

External links

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