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Tarrant Hinton is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is situated in the Tarrant Valley within the North Dorset administrative district, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) north-east of Blandford Forum. In 2013 the estimated population of the civil parish was 160.[1]

Tarrant Hinton
Tarrant Hinton, the Tarrant alongside the road - - 1142676.jpg
Tarrant Hinton
Tarrant Hinton is located in Dorset
Tarrant Hinton
Tarrant Hinton
Location within Dorset
Population160 [1]
OS grid referenceST937110
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDT11
Dialling code01258
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°53′56″N 2°05′24″W / 50.8988°N 2.09°W / 50.8988; -2.09Coordinates: 50°53′56″N 2°05′24″W / 50.8988°N 2.09°W / 50.8988; -2.09

The village's name appears in medieval sources. In 935, King Æthelstan granted land at Tarrant Hinton to the nuns of Shaftesbury Abbey under condition that they would pray hard for the king. [2]

The village no longer has a public house, shop or post office, but it has a medieval parish church and a newly rebuilt village hall. In 2001 the ecclesiastical parish of Tarrant Hinton was grouped with nine other surrounding parishes to form the Chase Benefice in the Anglican Diocese of Salisbury.

A line of traction engines at the Great Dorset Steam Fair 2005

Tarrant Hinton is probably best known as the location of the Great Dorset Steam Fair, which is annually visited by some 200,000 people.

There is a local church benefice newsletter published regularly called the Tarrant Times.


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  2. ^ Studies in the Early History of Shaftesbury Abbey. Dorset County Council, 1999

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