Blackdown is a small village in the West Dorset district of Dorset, England; situated 7 miles (11 km) west of Beaminster. The village is 5 miles (8.0 km) from Crewkerne railway station and 25 miles (40 km) from Exeter International Airport. The main road through the village is the B3165, connecting Blackdown and Lyme Regis. The village has a population of 128 according to the 2001 UK Census.
The village lies at the foot of Blackdown Hill (215 m), one of Dorset's high points from which there are extensive views of the local area. It is located in the large parish of Broadwindsor, formerly in Beaminster Rural District.
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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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