West Knighton, Dorset

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West Knighton
West Knighton
West Knighton is located in Dorset
West Knighton
West Knighton
 West Knighton shown within Dorset
Population 375 [1]
OS grid reference SY733875
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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West Knighton is a village and civil parish in south Dorset, England, situated 3 miles (4.8 km) southeast of the county town Dorchester. It has an 11th-century church and a village pub. In the 2011 census the civil parish had a population of 375.[1]

The village name derives from the Old English cniht and tūn, meaning the village or farmstead of the young men or retainers.[2] At Little Mayne Farm 0.5 miles (0.80 km) southwest of the village is the site of a deserted medieval village, which was recorded in the Domesday Book as Maine[3] and in 1201 was known as Parva Maene.[4]

West Knighton parish historically developed out of the amalgamation of four medieval settlements within the ancient hundred of Cullifordtree:[5] the existing main village, the previously mentioned Parva Maene, another medieval settlement at Friarmayne to the south—also deserted and now within neighbouring Broadmayne civil parish[6]—and the fourth at Lewell to the north (now just a farmhouse).[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Area: West Knighton (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. David Mills, ed. (2011). A Dictionary of British Place Names. Oxford University Press. p. 281. ISBN 978-0-19-960908-6. Retrieved 27 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://domesdaymap.co.uk/place/SY7286/mayne/ Open Domesday: Mayne
  4. West Dorset, Holiday and Tourist GUide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1982. p. 21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. http://domesdaymap.co.uk/hundred/cullifordtree/ Open Domesday: Cullifordtree
  6. Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 map
  7. "'Knighton, West', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 2: South East (1970), pp. 135-140". British History Online. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. November 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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