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Seatown with Golden Cap in the background
Grid reference: SY420918
Location: 50°43’22"N, 2°49’22"W
Post town: Bridport
Postcode: DT6
Local Government
Council: Dorset
West Dorset

Seatown is a coastal hamlet in Dorset, sited on the English Channel approximately three miles west-south-west of Bridport. It lies within the civil parish of Chideock.

The coast at Seatown is part of the Jurassic Coast, a World heritage site stretching for 96 miles. The surrounding area is also designated part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast, lies a mile to the west.

Seatown comprises a small number of houses, a holiday park, some holiday cottages and "The Anchor" pub. The small River Winniford or Wynreford[1] runs into the sea here. Seatown beach is popular with fossil collectors, with rock of Late Jurassic/Early Cretaceous. The beach is privately owned; it is free to access but parking is charged.

'Furmity'—a mix of wheat, dried fruit and sugar, often with added spirits—was one of the products sold at a Whit Monday Fair which used to be held in Seatown. In Thomas Hardy's novel The Mayor of Casterbridge, the character Michael Henchard got drunk on laced furmity and sold his wife while inebriated.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. pp. 123–4. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3. 

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