Place:Woodsford, Dorset, England

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NameWoodsford
Alt namesWardesfordsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 96
Werdesfordsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 96
Werdesfortsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 96
TypeVillage
Coordinates50.7°N 2.333°W
Located inDorset, England
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Woodsford is a hamlet and civil parish in the county of Dorset in South West England. It lies in the Frome valley in the West Dorset administrative district, about east of the county town Dorchester. The valley here is wide and the fields used to be managed using a system of watermeadows. In 2001 the parish recorded a population of 67. In the 2011 Census the combined population of the parishes of Woodsford and neighbouring Tincleton was recorded as 236.

In the 11th century Woodsford was recorded in the Domesday Book as Waredesford, a name which was ascribed by 18th-century historian John Hutchins to mean a ford across the Varia, the latter being an alternative name for the River Frome, although more recent opinion is that Waredesford referred to a ford belonging to a man named Weard. Two holdings were recorded, which have been interpreted as corresponding to East Woodsford (the current village) and West Woodsford (now Woodsford Castle).

Woodsford Castle is the surviving range of a 14th-century fortified manor house. It has the largest thatched roof in the county and has been restored by the Landmark Trust.

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