Seaborough is a small village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southwest England. It is sited in the valley of the River Axe and lies within the West Dorset administrative district about 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Crewkerne in Somerset. The parish was previously part of the hundred of Crewkerne, but was transferred to within Dorset in 1896. It has a population of 65.
The village church is small and mostly not of ancient construction. Ralph Wightman, broadcaster, agriculturist and a native of Dorset, described it as "delightful", and claimed that the round arch of the porch was so low it "would remove the hat of any man of average height."
Seaborough lies on the northern side of the Axe valley, beneath the high Seaborough Hill. The minor lane which passes through the village and up the hill is noted for being particularly steep. At the bottom of the village the river is crossed by a small stone bridge, close to which is an old [[wikipedia:cucking stool|ducking pool], into which scolding wives would historically have been dipped in an attempt to 'cure' them of their condition.
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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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