Charlton Marshall

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Charlton Marshall
Charlton Marshall (Dorset) St Mary's Church - - 70162.jpg
St Mary's, Charton Marshall
Grid reference: ST903038
Location: 50°50’4"N, 2°8’27"W
Population: 1,156
Post town: Blandford Forum
Postcode: DT11
Local Government
Council: Dorset
North Dorset

Charlton Marshall is a village in Dorset, on the A350 road two miles south of the market town of Blandford Forum. It is sited on a river terrace above the floodplain of the River Stour, with most of the land in the parish stretching south-west over chalk hills.[1] At the 2011 census the number of dwellings recorded within the parish was 513 and the recorded population was 1,156.

Within the parish boundary is evidence of the sites of Anglo-Saxon burial mounds. Next to the river were three earlier settlements, which influenced the elongated layout of the current village.[1]

The parish church was rebuilt in 1713 and restored in 1895,[2] although the tower dates from the 15th century.[3]

Charlton Marshall Halt railway station was once a halt on the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway.

Within the last half century Charlton Marshall has grown considerably, and there are now more than five times as many homes in the village as there were in the middle of the 19th century.

A proposal to bypass Charlton Marshall and neighbouring Spetisbury jointly has never been realised.[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 'Charlton Marshall' An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 3: Central (1970) pages 56-59
  2. "Charlton Marshall". Dorset OPC Project. 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013. 
  3. North Dorset District Council, District Official Guide, Home Publishing Co. Ltd., c.1983, p31
  4. Hugh Starkey (February 2013). "Down my way: Charlton Marshall Halt". Dorset Life Magazine. Retrieved 29 June 2014.