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Kimmeridge, Dorset

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Kimmeridge, Dorset

Kimmeridge is a small village in the English county of Dorset. It is situated just over half a mile (1 km) inland on the Isle of Purbeck on the English Channel coast, 3.5 miles south of Wareham and about 5 miles west of Swanage. It lies within the Purbeck administrative district of the county, and has a population of 110 (2001). On the coast south-west of the village lies the roughly semi-circular Kimmeridge Bay, which is backed by low cliffs of soft shale.
Post townWAREHAM
Administrative CountyDorset
Traditional CountyDorset
OS GridSY9179
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDorset
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01929
Population110 (2001)

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


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

Kimmeridge, par. and vil., Dorset, near bay of same name, 6½ miles S. of Wareham, 1570 ac., pop. 170; P.O.; produces a peculiar bituminous shale, of which small pieces of a circular form have been found and called Kimmeridge coal-money; they vary in size and are of great antiquity; Kimmeridge Valley is 4½ miles long.

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