Winterborne Kingston is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. Since 1974 it has been located in the North Dorset administrative district, 7 miles (11 km) south of the town of Blandford Forum and 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of the large village of Bere Regis. It is situated in a winterbourne valley on the edge of the dip slope of the Dorset Downs. In 2001 it had a population of 613 according to the UK census.
Winterborne Kingston consists of Kingston, which is two thirds of the western area of the parish, and Turberville (later called Abbots Court Farm) to the east. Still further east is the hamlet of Winterborne-Muston. The River Winterborne which flows through the village is a tributary of the River Stour.As the name implies, it tends to flow only in winter. Kingston or King's Winterbourne means the King held land here.
Dorset historically had many cottage industries related to the clothing trade. Button making (buttony) developed in the 1680s in the villages with Blandford the main centre. The 1851 census shows that many of the women in Winterborne Kingston were button makers. Most of the men in this area worked as agricultural labourers. The farms in this area were small dairy farms, which supplied dairy products to the London markets. There were also limekilns, which were an important part of the agricultural scene as they produced lime for spreading on the land. Barley was one of the main crops, and was used in the production of malt for the brewing of beer in Dorsetshire and London Breweries. Other trades in the area were carpenters, bricklayers, blacksmiths and shoemakers.
Note that Wikipedia uses "Winterborne" and "Winterbourne" interchangeably.
A sketchmap of the rural district can be viewed at Blandford 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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