Tarrant Monkton is a village and civil parish in north Dorset, England, situated in the Tarrant Valley north east of Blandford Forum. Within the parish boundary, sited 1.5 miles over hills to the west, lies the major part of Blandford Camp army base. In the 2011 census the parish—including the army base— had a population of 1,986. The electoral ward is called 'The Lower Tarrants'. Again the most populous area is the Blandford Camp Army Base but the ward also stretches south to Tarrant Keyneston. The total population of the ward at the abovementioned census was 3,302. The village itself is centred on the ancient All Saints Parish Church, opposite which is the Langton Arms, a public house and restaurant. The church is built of flint and stone and dates from the 14th century, but was re-roofed in the 19th century.
A sketchmap of the rural district can be viewed at Blandford Rural District.
The River Tarrant
The River Tarrant is a 12 km long tributary of the River Stour in Dorset. The valley lies to the east of Blandford Forum and runs through Cranborne Chase, an area of chalk downland. The eight Tarrant Valley villages and parishes all bear the name of the river. All were in the Blandford Registration District and the Blandford Rural District and are now in the administrative district of North Dorset. Listed in order from the river's source they are:
There were three other Tarrant communities;
Churches also existed once at Tarrant Launceston (the site is on Higher Dairy Farm), and Tarrant Rawston (which still exists but in private ownership). In the Middle Ages there was a Church at Tarrant Stubhampton. The Church at Tarrant Crawford is looked after by the Redundant Churches Commission, and the Parish is united with Tarrant Keyneston.
Dorset Research Tips
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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