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Not to be confused with Charminster, Bournemouth
Charminster, parish church of St. Mary - - 503842.jpg
Parish church of St Mary's
Grid reference: SY680927
Location: 50°43’58"N, 2°27’17"W
Population: 2,940  (2011)
Local Government
Council: Dorset
West Dorset

Charminster is a charming village in Dorset, on the River Cerne one mile north of the county town, Dorchester. The A352 road runs through the village.

The 2011 census recorded a parish population of 2,940.

The village's name derives from that of the River Cerne and the small 'minster' church of St Mary. The village is recorded in the Domesday Book]] of 1086 and then in 1223 as Cerneminster, which eventually evolved into Charminster.[1]

In the village stands Wolfeton House, which has a chapter in early American history as the home of Richard Norman, one of the Planters of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in America in around 1626.[2]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Charminster)


  1. Mills, A.D.: 'Dorset Place Names' (Ensign, 1986) ISBN 1-85455-065-9
  2. Leslie Mahler, "The English Origin of Richard Norman of Salem, Massachusetts." The American Genealogist, Vol. 77, No. 2 (April 2002).