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File:Netherbury, parish church of St. Mary - - 519517.jpg
Parish church of St Mary
Netherbury is located in Dorset
 Netherbury shown within Dorset
Population 1,314 [1]
OS grid reference SY470993
District West Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRIDPORT
Postcode district DT6
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament West Dorset
List of places

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Netherbury is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It lies within the West Dorset administrative district and is sited by the small River Brit, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of Beaminster and 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Bridport. The A3066 road connecting those towns lies 0.5 miles to the east. In the 2011 census the parish—which includes the small settlements of Melplash, North Bowood, South Bowood, Salway Ash, Wooth and Mangerton—had a population of 1,314.[1]

In addition to domestic buildings, Netherbury village comprises a church, a village hall, and a play park. The church has a Norman font, a 15th-century altar tomb and a 16th-century pulpit.[2] On the hills surrounding the village are examples of strip lynchets.[2]

The valley of the River Brit used to contain several mills which processed the flax for use in the rope-making industry at Bridport. In Netherbury the river is crossed by a 17th-century bridge which has three arches which are all dissimilar; the large round eastern arch is constructed for the millrace.[3] The novelist Mary Anna Needell lived here with her family in the 1880s.[4]

Netherbury is within an electoral ward that bears its name and stretches south to the edge of Bridport. The population of this ward was 2,080 in the 2011 census.[5]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area: Netherbury (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 West Dorset District Council (c. 1982). West Dorset Holiday and Tourist Guide. p. 14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Limited. pp. 127–8. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
  5. "Netherbury". ukcensusdata. Retrieved 26 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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