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Oborne village street
Oborne is located in Dorset
 Oborne shown within Dorset
Population 101 [1]
OS grid reference ST655185
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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Oborne /ˈbɔːrn/ is a village and civil parish in north west Dorset, England, situated just north of the A30 road approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Sherborne. It is in the West Dorset administrative district but close to the border with Somerset. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 101.[1] Oborne shares a grouped parish council, Yeohead & Castleton Parish Council, with the three village parishes of Poyntington, Goathill and Castleton.[2]

A new parish church, designed by William Slater, was built on a fresh site in 1862. The volume on Dorset in the Buildings of England series by John Newman and Nikolaus Pevsner describe this as having "nave with bellcote, chancel and apse ... Slater's and Carpenter's typical single and twin lancets with pointed-trefoiled cusping."[3] The remains of the Old St Cuthbert's Church are half a mile south, on the other side of the A30. Only the chancel remains. Oborne had been given to Sherborne Abbey by the Saxon King Edgar in the 10th century and it remained a 'chapel of ease' to the abbey until the Dissolution in 1539.[4] Above the lintels of windows on the east and north sides are inscriptions entreating prayers for the good standing of Abbot John Myer (1533) and Sacristan John Dunster of Sherborne.[4] The interior of the chancel contains a 17th-century pulpit and communion rails as well as a piscina and font from the former church at North Wootton. Nothing now remains of the medieval nave that was demolished in the 1860s. The chancel lay neglected until the 1930s, when a new incumbent began to restore it, taking advice from A. R. Powys (secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) who was also responsible for the restoration of the church at Winterborne Tomson, Dorset.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area: Oborne (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 10 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Yeohead & Castleton Parish Council". Retrieved 3 February 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Newman, John; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1972). The Buildings of England: Dorset. Harmondsworth: Penguin. p. 306. ISBN 0-14-071044-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Smith, Kenneth (2006). St Cuthbert's Old Church, Oborne, Dorset. London: Churches Conservation Trust.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Kinross, John (2003). Discovering England's smallest churches. London: Wiedenfeld & Nicholson. pp. 40–41. ISBN 1-84212-728-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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