Litton Cheney

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Litton Cheney
Parish church of St Mary
Litton Cheney is located in Dorset
Litton Cheney
Litton Cheney
 Litton Cheney shown within Dorset
Population 359 [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
Website Village website
List of places

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Litton Cheney is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in south-west England. It lies within the West Dorset administrative district, 9 miles (14 km) west of the county town Dorchester. It is sited beneath chalk hills in the valley of the small River Bride. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 359.[1]

On Pins Knoll, to the west of the village, was once an Iron Age settlement, excavated in 1959.[2] On the same site, in the 4th century, there was also a Romano-British building.[2]

The parish church of St Mary was substantially restored in 1878, though it retains features—notably the tower, chancel arch and parts of the nave and porch—from the 14th and 15th centuries and has a font bowl which is probably Norman; the site originated at this time or earlier.[3]

From 1953 until 1979, The Old Rectory was the home of noted English engraver, designer, typographer and painter Reynolds Stone.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area: Litton Cheney (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 24 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. pp. 160–1. ISBN 0-7091-8135-3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Litton Cheney, St Mary". The Dorset Historic Churches Trust. Retrieved 25 February 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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