Place:Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset, England

NameHazelbury Bryan
Alt namesDroopsource: hamlet in parish
Kingston (near Sturminster Newton)source: hamlet in parish
Parkgatesource: hamlet in parish
Pidneysource: hamlet in parish
Plecksource: hamlet in parish
Wonstonsource: hamlet in parish
Woodrow (near Sturminster Newton)source: hamlet in parish
Hazelbury Bryantsource: spelling variant
Haselbury Bryansource: spelling variant
Coordinates50.879°N 2.363°W
Located inDorset, England
See alsoPimperne Hundred, Dorset, Englandhundred in which it was located
Sturminster Rural, Dorset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974|
North Dorset District, Dorset, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
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Hazelbury Bryan is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is situated in the Blackmore Vale in the North Dorset administrative district, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) southwest of the small town of Sturminster Newton. The parish includes the hamlets of Droop, Kingston, Parkgate, Pidney, Pleck, Wonston and Woodrow. In the 2011 UK census the parish had 480 dwellings, 454 households and a population of 1,059.

Sir Guy de Bryan, of Woodsford Castle, gave his surname to the village in the 14th century when he married the daughter of the First Earl of Salisbury.

The original settlement in the village is the hamlet of Droop, which is the location of the parish church. The church dates mostly from the 15th century, though it is perhaps the third building to have existed on the site. The other hamlets in the village are believed to have originated as a result of the Black Death twice afflicting the original settlement, and the villagers responding by burning it and rebuilding several smaller settlements on higher ground nearby.

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