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St. Mary's, Beaminster
Grid reference: ST4701
Location: 50°48’36"N, 2°44’28"W
Population: 2,936  (2001)
Post town: Beaminster
Postcode: DT8
Dialling code: 01308
Local Government
Council: Dorset
West Dorset

Beaminster is a small town in Dorset at the head of the valley of the River Brit.[1] Beaminster is 15 miles northwest of the county town, Dorchester. The 2001 recorded a parish population of 2,936.


In the Civil War the town declared for Parliament and was sacked by Royalist forces in 1644. The town suffered accidental fires in 1684 and 1781.[2] The town did not get a railway and thus remained relatively small.

About the town

Horn Park, about a mile and half northwest of Beaminster, is a neo-Georgian country house of five bays and two-storeys designed by architect T. Lawrence Dale and completed in 1911.[3] Inside the house the central corridor is barrel vaulted and leads to a drawing room whose groin vault is reminiscent of the work of Sir John Soane (1753–1837).[3] The drawing room includes Jacobean features re-used from a 16th-century country house at nearby Parnham,[3] which was being altered and restored at about the time that Horn Park was being built.[4] Horn Park is Grade II Listed. Its gardens are occasionally open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme.

Big Society

The Beaminster Festival is an annual music and art festival.[5]

Whitcombe Disc Golf Course at Beaminster has hosted the British Open Disc Golf Championship on a number of occasions and the European Disc Golf Championship in 2003.[6]

Clipper Teas Ltd is based in Beaminster. It is currently held by the Dutch company Royal Wessanen.[7][8] The town is twinned with the town of St James on the Brittany / Normandy border in France.

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