Shipton Gorge

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Shipton Gorge
Shipton Gorge, parish church of St. Martin - - 493712.jpg
Parish church of St Martin
Grid reference: SY497915
Location: 50°43’16"N, 2°42’49"W
Population: 350  (est.)
Local Government
Council: Dorset
West Dorset

Shipton Gorge is a village in south-western Dorset, three miles east of Bridport. It is a small place with a population in the parish of about 350 according to estimates.

In 1086 in the Domesday Book Shipton Gorge is recorded as Sepetone.[1] The village is named after the de Gorges family who owned the land in the Middle Ages.

The parish church is St Martin's, which used to be a chapel of Burton Bradstock. The church was rebuilt in 1862, except for its west tower which dates from around 1400.[2]

The village is provided with a King George V Playing Field.

The terrain surrounding the village is hilly. Northeast of the village is Shipton Hill, which offers good views of the surrounding countryside from its 558-foot summit. On the hill is evidence of a prehistoric settlement.[3]

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  1. Place name: Shipton Gorge, Dorset Folio: 75r Great Domesday Book (National Archives)
  2. 'Shipton Gorge', An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1: West (1952), pp. 221-223
  3. West Dorset Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1983. p. 18.