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Parish church of St John
Seaborough is located in Dorset
 Seaborough shown within Dorset
Population 60 [1]
OS grid reference ST429060
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
UK Parliament West Dorset
List of places

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Seaborough is a small village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southwest England. It is sited in the valley of the River Axe and lies within the West Dorset administrative district about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Crewkerne in Somerset. The parish was previously part of the hundred of Crewkerne,[2] but was transferred to within Dorset in 1896.[3] In 2013 the estimated population of the civil parish was 60.[1]

The village church is small and mostly not of ancient construction. Ralph Wightman, broadcaster, agriculturist and a native of Dorset, described it as "delightful", and claimed that the round arch of the porch was so low it "would remove the hat of any man of average height."[4]

Seaborough lies on the northern side of the Axe valley, beneath the 204 metres (669 ft) high Seaborough Hill. The minor lane which passes through the village and up the hill is noted for being particularly steep.[3] At the bottom of the village the river is crossed by a small stone bridge, close to which is an old ducking pool, into which scolding wives would historically have been dipped in an attempt to 'cure' them of their condition.[5]

In March 2013 a fire at the 100 metre (330 ft.) long piggery at Seaborough Manor destroyed the building and killed about nine hundred pigs. Fifty firefighters took about three hours to tackle the blaze.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Somerset Hundreds". GENUKI. Retrieved 8 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Seaborough". Dorset Online Parish Clerk. 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Limited. p. 151. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. West Dorset Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1983. p. 17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Hundreds of pigs die in Beaminster farm fire". BBC. 29 March 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Media related to Seaborough at Wikimedia Commons