Place:Cheselbourne, Dorset, England


Alt namesCeseburnesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
Cheselbornesource: Wikipedia
Chesilbornesource: Family History Library Catalog
Coordinates50.783°N 2.333°W
Located inDorset, England
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source: Family History Library Catalog

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Cheselbourne (sometimes spelled Chesilborne or Cheselborne) is a village and civil parish in Dorset, England, situated in the Dorset Downs, north-east of Dorchester. The parish is at an altitude of 75 to 245 metres (approximately 250 to 800 feet) and covers an area of ; the underlying geology is chalk. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 296.[1]

The village, which contains a mix of buildings of different ages and styles, is spread along four lanes which meet here. It has a public house called the Rivers Arms. The 13th- to 14th-century parish church has a pinnacled tower with battlements and numerous gargoyles.

In 1086 in the Domesday Book Cheselbourne was recorded as Ceseburne; it had 36 households, of meadow and one mill. it was in the hundred of Hilton and the lord and tenant-in-chief was Shaftesbury Abbey.

Cheselbourne used to be the site of a tradition known as 'Treading in the Wheat', in which young women from the village would walk the fields on Palm Sunday, dressed in white.[2]

At Lyscombe Farm in the northwest of the parish are the remains of an early 13th-century chapel. The nave was once used as a bakehouse and then a farmworker's dwelling, then in 1957 a Dutch barn was built over the ruins.[2]

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