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Beaminster, Dorset

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Beaminster, Dorset

Beaminster /ˈbɛmɨnstər/ BEM-in-stər is a small town and civil parish in the West Dorset district of Dorset in South West England, at the head of the valley of the River Brit. Beaminster is 45 miles south of Bristol, 38 miles west of Bournemouth, 35 miles east of Exeter and 15 miles northwest of the county town of Dorchester. The 2001 Census recorded a parish population of 2,936.
DistrictWest Dorset
Post townBeaminster
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridST4701
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01308
Population2,936 (2001 census)

Other names by which Beaminster, Dorset has been known in the past

Beaminster Forum and Redhone ~ Bemister

Beaminster, Dorset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Beaminster, par. and market town, W. Dorset, 5 miles SW. of Crewkerne ry. sta. and 6 miles NE. of Bridport, 5118 ac., pop. 2130; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Thursday. It is situated in a good agricultural district, and has some mfrs. of sacking and pottery. The town has been three times destroyed by fire (1644,1684, and 1781). The par. contains Beaminster Manor.

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