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Sherborne, Dorset

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Sherborne, Dorset

Sherborne is a market town in northwest Dorset, England. It is sited on the River Yeo, on the edge of the Blackmore Vale, 6 miles east of Yeovil. The A30 road, which connects London to Penzance, runs through the town. The population of the town is 9,350 (as of 2001). 27.1% of the population is aged 65 or older.
DistrictWest Dorset
Post townSherborne
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridST6316
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01935

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

Chirburne ~ Sciraburn ~ Scireburn ~ Scireburne ~ Sherborn ~ Sherbourne ~ Sherburn ~ Shirburn ~ Shirburne ~ Shireborn ~ Shireburn ~ Shreburne

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

Sherborne.-- market town and par. with ry. sta., Dorset, 4¾ miles NE. of Yeovil Junction, 18 miles N. of Dorchester, and 118 SW. of London - par., 6467 ac., pop. 5636; town (comprising parts of Sherborne and Castletonpars.), 411 ac., pop. 5053; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 1 newspaper. Market-days, Thursday and Saturday. Sherborne was the seat of a bishoprie from 705 until about 1075, when the see was removed to Old Sarum. The parish church was the church of the abbey, founded in 998 on the site of an earlier cathedral church; recently restored by the Digbys, it is one of the finest minsters in the south of England. The grammar school is now one of the largest publie schools in the kingdom. On an eminence near the town are the remains of the Norman castle built in the time of Stephen, and stormed by Fairfax in 1645. In the castle grounds is an Elizabethan mansion (Sherborne Castle), seat of the Digby family, built by Sir Walter Raleigh. Bradley (1692-1762), the astronomer, was a native of Sherborne, which has glove making, button and lace making, and silk throwing.

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