Place:Ashmore, Dorset, England


Alt namesAisemarasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
Aisemaresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
Coordinates50.95°N 2.117°W
Located inDorset, England
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Ashmore is a village and civil parish in the North Dorset district of Dorset, England; situated south-west of Salisbury. The local travel links are located from the village to Tisbury railway station and to Bournemouth International Airport. The main road running through the village is North Road. The parish has a population of 188 according to the 2011 Census.

It is situated on Cranborne Chase five miles (8 km) south east of Shaftesbury. The village consists of a church and 83 old stone cottages and farms, many with thatched roofs. The village is situated on chalk rock which is permeable and therefore dry, and the village is built around a clay-lined dew pond which provided water before pipes were installed. This pond or "mere" is what gave the village its original name of "Ashmere". At over above sea level the village is the highest in Dorset.

The village is situated on the Roman road from Bath to Badbury Rings, and the pond may have been significant in Roman times. It is probable that there was a settlement at Ashmore in Roman times, though the village name is Saxon and there is little Roman archaeology in the village. Ashmore is an inhabited place.

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