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Bridport, Dorset

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Bridport, Dorset

Bridport is a market town in Dorset, England. Located near the coast at the western end of Chesil Beach at the confluence of the River Brit and its Asker and Simene tributaries, it originally thrived as a fishing port and rope-making centre (the hangman's rope being made at Bridport gave birth to the saying "stabbed with a Bridport dagger"). The port is no longer in existence although the harbour at West Bay is a mile away.
DistrictWest Dorset
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridSY4692
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01308

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

Birtport ~ Burtport ~ Brideport ~ Brideporta

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

Bridport, seaport town, mun. bor., and par., W. Dorset, 18 miles W. of Dorchester and 155 miles SW. of London by rail-- town and mun. bor., 654 ac., pop. 6795; par., 62 ac., pop. 3936; 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday; has mfrs. of cordage, twine, fishing-nets, and sailcloth. The town is situated between the rivers Bride or Brit and Asker, which join about 1½ mile below the town, and form a safe and commodious harbour for vessels of about 250 tons. B. is now a sub-port of Weymouth. The bor. returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

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