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Fleet is a hamlet and parish in south Dorset, England, situated two miles west of Weymouth. The village is named for The Fleet, the nearby lagoon behind Chesil Beach. J. Meade Falkner's smuggling novel, Moonfleet is set in the village. On 24 November 1824 strong winds and a storm surge caused waves to breach Chesil Beach, and many of the buildings in the village were destroyed. Moonfleet Manor is situated in the village of Fleet.
|OS Settlement Classification||Other settlement (village, hamlet etc)|
Other names by which Fleet, Dorset has been known in the past
Flete ~ Flote
Fleet, Dorset in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)
Fleet.-- par. and hamlet, Dorset, 3 miles NW. of Weymouth, 967 ac., pop. 138; contains Fleet House.
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