Milborne St Andrew

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Milborne St Andrew
Milborne St. Andrew, parish church of St. Andrew - - 518514.jpg
Parish church of St Andrew
Grid reference: SY805975
Location: 50°46’40"N, 2°16’55"W
Population: 1,062
Post town: Blandford Forum
Postcode: DT11
Local Government
North Dorset

Milborne St Andrew is a village in northern Dorset. It in a winterbourne valley on the dip slope of the Dorset Downs, beside the A354 road nine miles north-east of the county town, Dorchester.

The 2011 census reported 472 dwellings in the parish, 453 households and a population of 1,062.


Milborne St Andrew circa 1900

Weatherby Castle is an Iron Age hill fort that encloses about 17½ aces on a spur of land about three quarters of a mile south of the village. Its structure comprises two concentric enclosures, though parts have been damaged by cultivation and ploughing. Pieces Roman ware were found within the site in the 19th century.[1]

In 1086 in the Domesday Book Milborne St Andrew is recorded as Meleburne;[2] it had 10 households, 4 ploughlands, 5 acres of meadow and 1 mill. The lord and tenant-in-chief was Matthew of Mortagne.[3]

There were originally two settlements within the parish: St Andrew to the south of the Dorchester to Blandford Forum road, and Deverel to the north, though over time these coalesced into one settlement around where the road crosses the Milborne Brook. At the end of the 19th century St Andrew's ecclesiastical parish was enlarged by the addition of neighbouring Milborne Stileham to the south east (previously part of Bere Regis parish), though the civil parishes remained separate until 1933.[1]

About the village

The parish church is dedicated to St Andrew and was founded in 1069.

There are a number of community facilities within the village, including an infants' school (Milborne St Andrew First School), a public house (the Royal Oak), , and a sports club and pavilion, home of the Milborne Sports Football Club.

Hardy Country

In Thomas Hardy's novel Far From the Madding Crowd', Milborne St Andrew appears in fictionalised form as "Millpond St Jude's".[4]

Weatherby Castle is the 'tower' of Hardy's novel Two on a Tower.

Outside links

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  1. 1.0 1.1 |title='Milborne St. Andrew', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 3, Central (London, 1970), pp. 175-182 - British History Online
  2. "Dorset H-R". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  3. "Place: Milborne [St Andrew"]. Open Domesday. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
  4. Sir Frederick Treves (1905). Highways and Byways in Dorset. Macmillan & Co. Ltd. p. 104.