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Thornford
Location within Dorset
Population830  [1]
OS grid reference ST604132
Unitary authority
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SHERBORNE
Postcode district DT9
Dialling code 01935
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Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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Dorset
50°55′00″N2°33′49″W / 50.9167°N 2.5635°W / 50.9167; -2.5635 Coordinates: 50°55′00″N2°33′49″W / 50.9167°N 2.5635°W / 50.9167; -2.5635

Thornford is a village and civil parish in north west Dorset, England, situated in the Yeo valley 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Sherborne. Dorset County Council's 2013 mid-year estimate of the population of the parish is 830. [1]

Dorset County of England

Dorset is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The ceremonial county comprises the unitary authority areas of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole and Dorset. Covering an area of 2,653 square kilometres (1,024 sq mi), Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. The county town is Dorchester which is in the south. After the reorganisation of local government in 1974 the county's border was extended eastward to incorporate the Hampshire towns of Bournemouth and Christchurch. Around half of the population lives in the South East Dorset conurbation, while the rest of the county is largely rural with a low population density.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

River Yeo (South Somerset) river in North Dorset and South Somerset, a tributary of the River Parrett

The River Yeo, also known as the River Ivel, is a tributary of the River Parrett in north Dorset and south Somerset, England.

Thornford is in Thornhackett Parish, a combined parish comprising the villages of Thornford and Beer Hackett. The Parish Council comprises seven elected members from Thornford and three from Beer Hackett, all of whom serve a four-year term of office.

Beer Hackett village in the United Kingdom

Beer Hackett is a small village and civil parish in west Dorset, England, situated 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of Sherborne and 5 miles (8.0 km) southeast of Yeovil. The civil parish includes the small settlement of Knighton to the east. Dorset County Council's 2013 mid-year estimate of the population of the civil parish is 100.

The village has a general store and post office, a pub, a primary school, [2] a Norman church, [3] a village hall, a recreation field, a cricket club and a railway station. Thornford railway station is on the Heart of Wessex Line running between Bristol and Weymouth. Thornford is also served by Damory Coaches bus 74 running between Yeovil and Sherborne.There are four buses each way Monday to Friday and no buses run on Saturday nor Sundays

A post office is a public department that provides a customer service to the public and handles their mail needs. Post offices offer mail-related services such as acceptance of letters and parcels; provision of post office boxes; and sale of postage stamps, packaging, and stationery. In addition, many post offices offer additional services: providing and accepting government forms, processing government services and fees, and banking services. The chief administrator of a post office is called a postmaster.

Primary education First stage of formal education

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Norman architecture sub-type of Romanesque architecture

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Thornford is mentioned in the Domesday Book where it is called Torneford and is listed as belonging to the Bishop of Salisbury. [4] Archeological finds suggest Bronze Age or earlier inhabitation. [5] A Roman villa has been excavated close to the village. [6]

Domesday Book 11th-century survey of landholding in England as well as the surviving manuscripts of the survey

Domesday Book is a manuscript record of the "Great Survey" of much of England and parts of Wales completed in 1086 by order of King William the Conqueror. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle states:

Then, at the midwinter [1085], was the king in Gloucester with his council .... After this had the king a large meeting, and very deep consultation with his council, about this land; how it was occupied, and by what sort of men. Then sent he his men over all England into each shire; commissioning them to find out "How many hundreds of hides were in the shire, what land the king himself had, and what stock upon the land; or, what dues he ought to have by the year from the shire."

The Bishop of Salisbury is the ordinary of the Church of England's Diocese of Salisbury in the Province of Canterbury. The diocese covers much of the counties of Wiltshire and Dorset. The see is in the City of Salisbury where the bishop's seat is located at the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The current bishop is Nick Holtam, the 78th Bishop of Salisbury, who was consecrated at St Paul's Cathedral on 22 July 2011 and enthroned in Salisbury Cathedral on 15 October 2011.

Bronze Age Prehistoric period and age studied in archaeology, part of the Holocene Epoch

The Bronze Age is a historical period characterized by the use of bronze, and in some areas proto-writing, and other early features of urban civilization. The Bronze Age is the second principal period of the three-age Stone-Bronze-Iron system, as proposed in modern times by Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, for classifying and studying ancient societies.

There are a number of Grade II listed buildings in the village, the centre of which, dominated by a Victorian clock tower, was designated a Conservation area in 1994. The most recent Grade II listing (in February 2008) is the British Telecom telephone box. [7]

Listed building Protected historic structure in the United Kingdom

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Victorian architecture series of architectural revival styles

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References

  1. 1 2 "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. (Thornford CEVA)
  3. (St. Mary Magdalene) Archived 2005-12-19 at the Wayback Machine
  4. Domesday Book: A Complete Transliteration London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN   0-14-143994-7 p.1411
  5. Dorset County Archive
  6. "Thornford, Dorset, England". www.thedorsetpage.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  7. "Telephone Box, Thornford". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2015.