Stoke Abbott

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Stoke Abbott
Stoke Abbott, parish church of St. Mary - - 447454.jpg
Parish church of St Mary
Stoke Abbott is located in Dorset
Stoke Abbott
Stoke Abbott
 Stoke Abbott shown within Dorset
Population 190 [1]
OS grid reference ST453006
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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Stoke Abbott is a village and civil parish in west Dorset, England, 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Beaminster. In 2013 the estimated population of the parish was 190.[1]

The author Ralph Wightman, agriculturist, broadcaster, and native of Dorset, described the village as "a beautiful place of deep lanes, orchards and old houses, with a church of quiet charm",[2] and, in a similar vein, Sir Frederick Treves in 1906 considered it "as pretty a village as any in Dorset".[3]

On Waddon Hill to the northwest of the village are the remains of earthworks of an early settlement, consisting of a low bank 9 metres (30 ft) wide and traces of a ditch, though historic quarrying around the hill may have destroyed more. Mid-1st-century Roman and Romano-British military artefacts were found on the hill's southern slopes in 1876–8.[4] In the Domesday Book in 1086 the village was recorded as Stoche[5] and had 32 households.[6]

The parish church of St Mary the Virgin has Norman origins but has been altered and added to over the centuries. The 12th-century font is notable.[4] The poet William Crowe was rector here between 1782 and 1786; at the end of his incumbency he published his most well known piece, Lewesdon Hill, about the hill to the west of the village.[7] The Very Rev Hedley Robert Burrows (1887 - 1983), who later became Archdeacon of Winchester and then Dean of Hereford, was incumbent at Stoke Abbott for a time.


  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. Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 154. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Treves, Frederick, Sir (1906). Highways and Byways in Dorset. Macmillan & Co. Ltd. p. 284.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "'Stoke Abbott', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1: West (1952), pp. 224-226". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Dorset S–Z". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 22 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Place: Stoke [Abbott]". Open Domesday. Retrieved 22 April 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Hyams, John (1970). Dorset. B. T. Batsford Ltd. pp. 137–8. ISBN 0-7134-0066-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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