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Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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Cerne Abbas, Dorset

Cerne Abbas is a village located in the valley of the River Cerne, between steep chalk downland in central Dorset, England. The village is located just to the east of the A352 road 10 km north of Dorchester. There was a population of 732 at the 2001 census, a figure which has fallen from 780 in 1998. In 2008 it was voted Britain's "Most Desirable Village" by estate agent Savills. It is notable as the location of the Cerne Abbas Giant, a chalk figure of a giant naked man on a hillside.
DistrictWest Dorset
Post townCerne Abbas
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridST6601
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01300
Population732 (2001)

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

Cerne ~ Cerne Abbay

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

Cerne Abbas, small market town and par., mid. Dorset, on river Cerne, 7 miles N. of Dorchester, 3063 ac., pop. 925; P.O., T.O., called Cerne. Market-day, Wednesday.

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