Charminster

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Charminster
Tower of St. Mary's, Charminster.jpg
Parish church of St Mary's
Charminster is located in Dorset
Charminster

 Charminster shown within Dorset
Population2,940 [1]
OS grid referenceSY680927
DistrictWest Dorset
Shire countyDorset
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDT
PoliceDorset
FireDorset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK ParliamentWest Dorset
List of places
UK
England
Dorset
 
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Coordinates: 50°43′58″N 2°27′17″W / 50.7327°N 2.4546°W / 50.7327; -2.4546

Charminster
Tower of St. Mary's, Charminster.jpg
Parish church of St Mary's
Charminster is located in Dorset
Charminster

 Charminster shown within Dorset
Population2,940 [1]
OS grid referenceSY680927
DistrictWest Dorset
Shire countyDorset
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDT
PoliceDorset
FireDorset
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK ParliamentWest Dorset
List of places
UK
England
Dorset

Charminster is a village and civil parish in west Dorset, England, situated on the River Cerne and A352 road 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Dorchester. In the 2011 Census the parish had a population of 2,940.[1] The village has a small church of St. Mary. These two things give the village its name, Cerneminster (recorded in 1223), which eventually evolved into Charminster.[2] The village includes Wolfeton house.

Charminster was the English town of origin of Richard Norman and family, one of the Planters of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in America, who arrived there in ca. 1626.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Area: Charminster (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistic. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., 1986. Dorset Place Names. Ensign, Southampton. ISBN 1-85455-065-9.
  3. ^ Leslie Mahler, "The English Origin of Richard Norman of Salem, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist, Vol. 77, No. 2 (April 2002).

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