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Sturminster Newton, Dorset

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Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Sturminster Newton, known to locals as Sturnewton or Stur, is a town in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset, England. It is situated on a low limestone ridge in a meander of the River Stour. The town is at the centre of a large dairy agriculture region, around which the town's economy is built. The larger part of the town (Sturminster) lies on the north side of the river, and includes most shops and services, whilst to the south is the smaller Newton.
DistrictNorth Dorset
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridST7814
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01258
Population3,105 (2001 Census)

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

Minster Upon Stoure ~ Sourminster ~ Stourminster ~ Sturminster ~ Sturminster Newton Castle ~ Sturmister

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

Sturminster Newton, market town and par. with ry. sta., Dorset, in N. of co., on river Stour, 9 miles NW. of Blandford, 4229 ac., pop. 1859; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Thursday. Sturminster Newton stands on a gentle slope which declines to the Stour, and is a market town of great antiquity. The mfr. of white baize is the principal industry. In the neighbourhood is a mound, encircled with a fosse, marking the site of the ancient castle.

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