Spetisbury is a village and civil parish in north Dorset, England, situated on the River Stour and the A350 road, 4 miles (6.4 km) south-east of Blandford Forum. The village had a population of 542 in 2001. It is notable for being a very linear settlement, with mostly only one line of buildings adjacent to the A350 road.
A sketchmap of the rural district can be viewed at Blandford Rural District.
For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Spetisbury.
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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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