Anderson, sometimes known as Winterborne-Anderson, is a small village and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated since 1974 in the North Dorset administrative district about 9 miles (14 km) northwest of Poole. To the west are Winterborne-Muston and Winterborne-Kingston and to the east are Winterborne-Tomson (now part of Anderson parish, but originally a separate parish) and Winterborne-Zelston. In 2012 the estimated population of the parish was 60.
A sketchmap of the rural district can be viewed at Blandford Rural District.
Dorset Research Tips
One of the many maps available on the website A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Dorset at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. The internal boundaries on this map are the rural districts which are indicated in the "See Also" box for the place concerned (unless it is an urban parish).
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