- West Dorset
West Dorset is a local government district and parliamentary
constituencyin Dorset, England. Its council is based in Dorchester. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, and was a merger of the boroughs of Bridport, Dorchester and Lyme Regis, along with Sherborne urban district, and the rural districts of Beaminster, Bridport, Dorchester and Sherborne.
In the Census 2001 West Dorset registered a
populationof 92,350, estimated to be 94,000 as of 2004. The population structure reflects the rural nature of the district. 52% of the population are female. The area is a popular retirement area which also exports young people due the low choice of career options. This is reflected in the age structure, with 12.3% of the population over 75, compared to 7.5% in England; 51.7% are between 15 and 59, compared to 59.1% in England. 34.4% of dwellings are pensioner households, compared to 23.8% in England.
The district is an extreme example of the low
ethnic minoritypopulations in rural areas, with 96.7% white British ethnicity, compared to 87.0% in England.
The district has a high level of car ownership, at 83.1% of households compared to 73.2% in England.
West Dorset is a
county constituency, currently represented in the British House of Commonsby the Conservative front-bencher Oliver Letwin. Elections in this constituency are usually a two party contest between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties. It is almost identical in area with the West Dorset district, but a very small part of West Dorset District lies within the South Dorsetcounty constituency, currently represented in the British House of Commonsby the Labour member Jim Knight.
The main settlements in West Dorset are Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, in the south of the district, an important settlement since Roman times. In the north of the district
Sherborneis an important market townwhich was, for a time, the capital of Wessex. Lyme Regisand Bridportare tourist towns on the Jurassic Coastin the south of the district.
:"Settlements with a population over 2,500 are in bold."
Abbotsbury, Allington, Alton Pancras, Askerwell
Beaminster, Beer Hackett, Bettiscombe, Bincombe, Bishops Caundle, Bothenhampton, Bradford Abbas, Bradford Peverell, Bradpole, Bridport, Broadmayne, Broadwindsor, Buckland Newton, Burstock, Burton Bradstock
Cattistock, Caundle Marsh, Cerne Abbas, Charminster, Charmouth, Cheselbourne, Chetnole, Chickerell, Chideock, Clifton Maybank, Compton Valence, Corscombe, Crossways
Folke, Frampton, Frome St Quintin, Frome Vauchurch
Halstock, Hermitage, Hilfield, Holnest, Holwell, Hooke
Langton Herring, Leigh, Lillington, Littlebredy, Litton Cheney, Loders, Long Bredy, Longburton, Lyme Regis
Maiden Newton, Marshwood, Melbury Bubb, Melbury Osmond, Melcombe Horsey, Minterne Magna, Mosterton
Netherbury, Nether Compton
Oborne, Osmington, Over Compton, Owermoigne
Piddlehinton, Piddletrenthide, Portesham, Poundbury, Powerstock, Poyntington, Puddletown, Puncknowle, Purse Caundle
Rampisham, Ryme Intrinseca
Sandford Orcas, Seaborough, Sherborne, Shipton Gorge, South Perrott, Stanton St Gabriel, Stinsford, Stoke Abbott, Stratton, Swyre, Sydling St Nicholas, Symondsbury
Thorncombe, Thornford, Tincleton, Toller Porcorum, Tolpuddle, Trent
Warmwell, West Bexington, West Knighton, West Stafford, Whitchurch Canonicorum, Winterborne Monkton, Winterborne St Martin, Winterbourne Abbas, Winterbourne Steepleton, Woodsford, Wootton Fitzpaine, Wraxall
Places of interest
* Maiden Castle
* River Frome
History of Dorset
Geology of Dorset
* [http://www.dorsetforyou.com/index.jsp?articleid=1113 West Dorset District Council]
* [http://www.west-dorset.co.uk West Dorset Directory] ----
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