Netherbury is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It now lies within the West Dorset administrative district and is sited by the small River Brit, south of Beaminster and north of Bridport. The A3066 road connecting those towns lies 0.5 miles to the east. In the 2011 census the parish—which includes the small settlements of Dottery, Melplash, North Bowood, South Bowood, Salway Ash, Wooth, Atrim and Mangerton (all redirected here)—had a population of 1,314. The population of the village of Netherbury was 1,276.
The valley of the River Brit used to contain several mills which processed the flax for use in the rope-making industry at Bridport. In Netherbury the river is crossed by a 17th-century bridge which has three arches which are all dissimilar; the large round eastern arch is constructed for the millrace.
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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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