Allington, Dorset

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Allington and Allington Hill from the south
Grid reference: SY459933
Location: 50°44’12"N, 2°45’53"W
Population: 766  (2011 [1])
Post town: Bridport
Postcode: DT6
Dialling code: 01308
Local Government
Council: Dorset

Allington is a village and parish in Dorset, a mile north-west from the town of Bridport, with which it is physically contiguous; much of Allington lies within Bridport parish. In the 2011 census Allington civil parish had 371 dwellings,[2] 339 households and a population of 766.[1]

Allington Hill rises to 292 ft above the village; it is managed by the Woodland Trust.[3] The hill is characteristic of the Upper Greensand hills and ridges found in the Marshwood and Powerstock Vales National Character Area.

In 1086 in the Domesday Book Allington was recorded as Adelingtone;[4] it had 21 households, 3 ploughlands, 10 acres of meadow and one mill. It was recorded in Goderthorn Hundred and the lord and tenant-in-chief was Turstin son of Rolf.[5]

The classical facade of St Swithun's Church, Allington.
St Swithun's Church

The parish church at North Allington, dedicated to St Swithun, was designed by Charles Wallis of Dorchester and built in 1826-27, and is a Grade II* listed building. It is in classical style, and is unusual for the survival of a high proportion of the original internal fittings, including the pews, gallery, a pulpit (of two originally present) and glazing.[6]


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