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Gillingham, Dorset

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Gillingham, Dorset

Not to be confused with Gillingham, Kent {{#invoke:Coordinates|coord}}{{#coordinates:51.0375|-2.2748|region:GB_type:city(7502)|||||| |primary |name= }} Gillingham 240pxHigh Street, Gillingham
Population 7,502  OS grid reference ST805265 Civil parish Gillingham District North Dorset Shire county Dorset Region South West Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town GILLINGHAM Postcode district SP8 Dialling code 01747 Police Fire Ambulance EU Parliament South West England UK Parliament North Dorset List of places UK England Gillingham Listen/ˈɡɪlɪŋəm/ is a town in the Blackmore Vale area of Dorset, England. The town is the most northerly in the county. It is 4 miles south of the A303 lying on the B3095 and B3081. The town of Shaftesbury is 5 miles to the south east. Neighbouring hamlets included Peacemarsh, Bay and Wyke. These hamlets have now however become part of Gillingham as it expanded. Gillingham is pronounced with a hard initial 'G' as in 'Goat', unlike Gillingham, Kent, whose initial 'G' is pronounced like the 'J' in the name 'Jill'.
DistrictNorth Dorset
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridST8026
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01747

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

Gelingeham ~ Geha ~ Glingeha

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

Gillingham.-- market town, liberty, par., and township with ry. sta., N. Dorset, on river Stour, 4 miles NW. of Shaftesbury -- liberty, 13,196 ac., pop. 5542; par., 8353 ac., pop. 4131; township, 7527 ac., pop. 3293; P.O., T.O.; 2 Banks. Market-day every alternate Monday.

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