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    A

    Abbotsbury
    Abedesberie / Abodesberie: Abbotsbury Abbey; Wife of Hugh FitzGrip. 2 mills. 600 sheep, 23 cattle, 4 cows.
    Stone-built; famous swannery; tithe barn; remains of an 11th century Benedictine abbey.

    Abbotts Wootton
    Widetone: Abbotsbury Abbey. 20 goats.
    Abbotts Wootton Farms.

    Acton
    Tacatone / a: Wife of Hugh FitzGrip. Mill.

    Adber
    Ateberie / a, Etesberie / Ettebere: Drogo from Count of Mortain; Ralph de Conteville from Walter de Douai.
    Part of Sherborne rural district.

    Afflington
    Alfrunetone / -a / Alvretone, Alvronetone: Roger de Beaumont; Walter from William de Braose; Walter de Claville and Durand the Carpenter from the king.
    Afflington Farm near Corfe Castle.

    Affpuddle
    Affapidele / a: Cerne Abbey. 2 mills, 9 oxen.
    The arms in the church, of the Lawrence family, ancestors of George Washington, are thought to have inspired the United States flag.

    Ailwood
    Aleoude: Swein from the king, and Hugh's wife from him.
    Ailwood Farm.

    Allington
    Adelingtone: Thurstan FitzRolf. Mill.
    Suburb of Bridport.

    Alton Pancras
    Altone: Bishop of Salisbury. Mill.
    Ancient field systems.

    Ash
    Aisse: David from William de Braose.
    Site of a Roman camp.

    Ashmore
    Aisemare / a: King's land. 826 sheep, 50 goat.
    Highest in Dorset; thatched cottages; Georgian houses; ancient burial mounds.

    Askerswell
    Oscherwille / a: Tavistock Abbey.
    Secluded.

    Athelhampton
    Pidele: Ohdold from Bishop of Salisbury. Mill.
    Water meadows; 15th century Athelhampton Hall.

    Atrim
    Atrem / um: Bolle the priest and a widow from Abbotsbury Abbey.

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    Bardolfeston
    Pidele: Monks of Sherborne.
    Near Bardolf manor house.

    Bere Regis
    Bere / a: King's land and Brictward the priest from the king; William de Moutiers from the wife of Hugh FitzGrip. Mill.
    Ancient town; Iron Age fort nearby.

    Bestwall
    Beastewell: Count of Mortain.
    Part of Wareham.

    Bexington
    Besintone / Bessinton: Roger of Arundel. 2 cows.

    Bhompston
    Frome:
    Lost.

    Bincombe
    Beincome: St. Stephen's of Caen, formerly Earl Harold.
    Near Chalbury Iron Age hill fort.

    Blackmanston
    Blachemanestone: Aelfric from the king.
    Blackmanston Farm.

    Blandford St. Mary
    Bleneford(e) / Blaneford(e): Bretel from Count of Mortain; Auilf and Edwin from the king; William from William d'Eu.

    Bloxworth
    Blocheshorde / a: Cerne Abbey.
    Pretty. The partly Norman church originally belonged to Cerne Abbey.

    Bockhampton
    Bochehamtone / tona: Countess of Boulogne.
    Now Higher Bockhampton. Birthplace of the novelist Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).

    Boveridge
    Boverhic: St. Mary's, Cranborne. Mill.

    Bovington
    Bovintone: Aelfric, the king's thane, the pre-Conquest holder.
    Bovington Farm. T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) served in the Tank Corps at nearby Bovington Camp.

    Bowood
    Bovewode: 3 men-at-arms from Bishop of Salisbury.
    Now the localities of North and South Bowood.

    Bradford Abbas
    Bradeford: Monks of Sherborne. Mill.
    Ancient, stone-built. King Alfred gave the land to Sherborne Abbey in AD 933. Nearby Wyke Farm, a moated manor house, belonged to the monks of Sherborne until the Dissolution.

    Bradford Peverell
    Bradeford: William d'Eu. 2 mills.
    On high, wooded ground.

    Bradle
    Bradelege: Aiulf the Chamberlain.
    Bradle Farm.

    Bradpole
    Bratepolle: King's land.
    On the outskirts of Bridport.

    Bredy (in Burton Bradstock)
    Bridie: Berengar Giffard from the king.
    Bredy Farm.

    Brenscombe
    Brunescume: Wife of Hugh FitzGrip.
    Brenscombe Farm.

    Briantspuddle
    Pidele: Godric the priest.
    White-walled, thatched cottages; also known as Prestes Puddle.

    Bridge
    Brige / a: Aiulf the Chamberlain from the king; Hugh from the wife of Hugh FitzGrip; Edric from the king. 20 oxen.
    Probably Bridge Farm.

    Bridport
    Brideport / Brideporta: Bishop of Salisbury; St. Wandrille's Abbey.
    Town; rope and net-making centre for 1000 years. Parliamentary soldiers almost captured Charles II here in 1651.

    Broadmayne
    Maine: Earl Hugh.
    Large.

    Broadwindsor
    Windesore: Hundger FitzOdin from the king.
    17th century cottages. Charles II fled here after the Battle of Worcester (1651).

    Brockington
    Brochemtune: Count of Mortain; Wulfgeat. Mill.
    Brockington Farm.

    Bryanston Blaneford
    Blaneford: Count of Mortain; Wulfgeat from the king. Mill.
    Bryanston public school, set in the parkland.

    Buckham
    Bochenham: Walter from Bishop of Salisbury.
    Remote.

    Buckhorn Weston
    Westone: Hamo from Count of Mortain.

    Buckland Newton
    Bochelande: St. Mary's Glastonbury.
    17th century manor house; church with a slate figure, thought to be Saxon.

    Buckland Ripers
    Bocheland / t: Wife of Hugh FitzGrip. Mill. 200 sheep.
    Manor house.

    Burleston
    Pidele: Milton Abbey. Mill.

    Burstock
    Bureuuinestoch: Earl Hugh.
    Tudor manor farm.

    Burton Bradstock
    Bridetone / a: King's land with St. Wandrille's Abbey holding the church.
    Thatched stone cottages.

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    Canford Magna
    Cheneford: Edward of Salisbury. 2 mills.
    Parish; Canford Manor, a public school.

    Catherston Leweston
    Cerneli: Count of Mortain.
    Almost absorbed by Charmouth; 19th century manor house.

    Catsley
    Catesclive: William from Earl Hugh.
    Catsley Farm.

    Cattistock
    Stoche Estocha: Milton Abbey. Mill.
    Victorian church with work by Gilbert Scott and William Morris.

    Chaldon
    Calvedone / a: King's land; Bolle the priest from the king; Hugh from the wife of Hugh FitzGrip. 500 sheep.
    Now Chaldon Herring; also known as East Chaldon; Bronze Age barrows.

    Charborough
    Cereberie / a: King's land. Charborough House.
    It was blown up during the Civil War and rebuilt in 1661 by Parliamentarian Sir Walter Erle, whose descendants still own it.

    Charlton Marshall
    Cerletone / a: King's land. 2 mills.

    Charminster
    Cerminstre: Bishop of Salisbury.

    Charmourth
    Cernemude: Count of Mortain.
    Regency houses; thatched cottages.

    Chelborough (West)
    Celberge / a: Ranulf from William de Mohun (claimed by the son of Odo the Chamberlain); Roger of Arundel.
    Remote, an ancient manor farm.

    Cheselbourne
    Ceseburne: Shaftesbury Abbey. Mill.
    Remote.

    Chettle
    Ceotel: Aiulf the Chamberlain.
    Chettle House, a Queen Anne mansion.

    Chickerell
    Cicherelle: Bolle the priest from the king.

    Chideock
    Cidi(o)hoc: King's land.
    Chideock Castle. The Chideock Martyrs, 4 Roman Catholics executed during Elizabeth I's reign, were tried in Chideock House.

    Chilcombe
    Ciltecome: Brictwin from the king.

    Child Okeford
    Acford / a: King's land; Count of Mortain. 2 mills.
    Ruined mill-race; Iron Age fort.

    Chilfrome
    Frome / a: William de Mohun.

    Church Knowle
    Glole / -ua / Chenolle: Roger de Beaumont; William de Braose; Waleran; Walter de Claville.

    Clifton Maybank
    Clistone: William Malbank from Earl Hugh.

    Clyffe
    Clive: Milton Abbey.
    Clyffe Farm.

    Colber
    Colesberie: King's land.
    Colber Crib House.

    Compton (near Sherborne)
    Contone: Monks of Sherborne. Mill.
    Now 2 villages, Nether and Over Compton. Nearby Compton House is a farm where butterflies and moths are bred.

    Compton Abbas
    Cuntone: Shaftesbury Abbey.

    Compton Valence
    Contone: Hugh de Port.
    Near a Roman road; 17th century manor house.

    Coombe
    Come:
    Lost.

    Coombe Keynes
    Come: Bishop of Lisieux; Walter de Claville.
    Green; 13th century church.

    Corfe Castle
    Castellum Warham: King's land.
    Ruins of a castle originally built by William I on a fortified Saxon site and blown up by Cromwell's Roundheads in 1646.

    Corfe Mullen
    Corf: Robert FitzGerald. Mill.
    Suburban.

    Corscombe
    Coriescumbe / Corscumbe / Coriscumbe: Bishop of Sherborne; William from Count of Mortain; Godwin from the king.
    Expanding.

    Corton
    Corfetone: Roger de Coursteulles.
    Corton Farm.

    Cranborne
    Creneburne / borna: King's land. 4 mills, 10 cows, 4 cattle, 1037 sheep, 40 goats.
    Jacobean and Georgian houses; Cranborne Chase, a medieval royal hunting ground; 13th century manor house, possibly King John's hunting lodge.

    Creech
    Cric / Crist / Criz: Count of Mortain; Roger de Beaumont; William de Braose; wife of Hugh FitzGrip.
    East Creech nearby.

    Cruxton
    Frome: William de Mohun. Mill.

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    Dewlish
    Devenis: Count Alan.
    Dewlish House, an 18th century manor house, is on the site of a Roman villa.

    Didlington
    Dedilintone: Wilton Abbey.

    Dorchester
    Dorecestre / a: King's land with Brictward the priest holding the church.
    County town on a prehistoric site. Once the Roman town of Durnovaria. Judge Jeffreys held his Bloody Assize here after Monmouth's Rebellion.

    Dudsbury
    Dodesberie: Waleran.
    Traces of ancient earthworks.

    Durweston
    Dervinestone / Derwinestone: Aiulf the Chamberlain; the wife of Hugh FitzGrip. Mill, vines.

    Durweston Knighton
    Dervinestone: Count of Mortain.
    Knighton House.

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    East Holme
    Holne / a: Walter de Claville; Edric from the king.
    Holme priory is on the site of Montacute priory.

    East Stoke
    Stoches: Count of Mortain. Mill.

    Edmondsham
    Amedesham / Medesham / Medessan: King's land; Humphrey the Chamberlain. 2 mills.
    Edmondsham House.

    Elworth
    Aleurde: Ansfrid from William d'Eu.

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    Farnham
    Ferneham, Fernham: Shaftesbury Abbey; Aiulf the Chamberlain; Odo FitzEverbold; wife of Hugh FitzGrip. Cow.
    Thatched cottages.

    Fifehead Magdalen
    Fifhide: Earl Hugh. 2 mills.

    Fifehead Neville
    Fifhide: Ingolmann from Waleran. Mill.
    Water-meadows; arched packhorse bridge.

    Fifehead St. Quintin
    Fifhide: Vietel from Shaftesbury Abbey.

    Fleet
    Flete / -a / Flote / -a: King's land with Bolle the priest holding the church.

    Fontmell Magna
    Fontemale: Shaftesbury Abbey. 3 mills.
    Thatched cottages.

    Fordington
    Fortitone: King's land.
    Fordington Fields; Fordington High Street.

    Frampton
    Frantone: St. Stephen's of Caen. 2 mills.
    Thatched, stone cottages; near the site of a Roman villa.

    Frome Billet
    Frome / a: William Bellett from the king. Mill.
    Stafford House, possibly including Evereard's Farm.

    Frome St. Quintin
    Litelfrome / a: King's land. Mill. 50 goats, 400 sheep.

    Frome Vauchurch
    Frome: Roger de Beaumont; William de Braose; Waleran; Walter de Claville.

    Frome Whitfield
    Frome: Wife of Hugh FitzGrip. 250 sheep, 1 ass.

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    Galton
    Galtone / Gaveltone: Brictwin; Osmund the Baker from the king.

    Gillingham
    Gelingeham / eha: King's land; St. Mary's, Cranborne; Bernard from Thurstan FitzRolf; Edwin, Wulfwin, Edward Hunter and Fulcred from the king.
    Light industry; fine Georgian houses.

    Glanvilles Wootton
    Widetone: William de Braose.
    Manor house.

    Goathill
    Gatelme: Humphrey from Count of Mortain. Mill.

    Gold Hill
    Hille: Osbern from the king.

    Graston
    Graustan: William from the wife of Hugh FitzGrip.

    Great Crawford
    Graveford: Aelfric from the king.
    Part of Spettisbury.

    Gussage All Saints
    Gessic: Count of Mortain. Mill.
    Gussage House.

    Gussage St. Michael
    Gessic: King's land.
    Manor farm.

    The Domesday Book, 1086

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