Winterborne Clenston

Winterborne Clenston is a small village and civil parish in Dorset, England, around 3 12 miles (5.5 kilometres) southwest of Blandford Forum. In 2013 the civil parish had an estimated population of 40.[1]

Winterborne Clenston
The Manor House - Winterborne Clenston - - 626944.jpg
The Manor House, Winterborne Clenston
Winterborne Clenston is located in Dorset
Winterborne Clenston
Winterborne Clenston
Location within Dorset
Population40 (2013 est.)
OS grid referenceST838031
Civil parish
  • Winterborne Clenston
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtDT11
Dialling code01258
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°49′37″N 2°13′48″W / 50.827°N 2.230°W / 50.827; -2.230Coordinates: 50°49′37″N 2°13′48″W / 50.827°N 2.230°W / 50.827; -2.230

The first part of the village name comes from the River Winterborne, which flows from north to south through the village.[2] The river only flows overground during the winter, hence the name. In 1312 the patron of the church was Roger de Clencheston, who most likely had a farm here, after which the second part of the village name derives.[3]

To the north of the village is Winterborne Stickland and to the south is Winterborne Whitechurch. The river flows through both these villages as well.[4]

The parish church of St Nicholas dates from 1840. It is built in bands of stone and flint and has a spire on top of a narrow tower. It stands alone above the Winterborne on the site of an earlier church.[3]

The village manor is a late-15th- to early-16th-century building of Purbeck and Portland stone with courses of flint. It was built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and is a Grade I listed building.[5] It has mullioned windows and a gabled staircase turret on the west side.[3] Nearby is a sixteenth-century tithe-barn with a hammerbeam roof, also a listed building but falling into disrepair. In 2008, Historic England funded the erection of scaffolding and temporary repairs to the structure, but by 2016, a permanent repair had not been made.[6]

About 100 metres (300 feet) east of the manor house is a field barn which is also a Grade II listed building. It is also built in bands of flint and stone and has a door made of planks and a thatched roof. It forms an important group with the Manor House and the Manor House Barn.[7]

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  1. ^ "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Dorset: Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Walking the River Winterborne" (PDF). Dorset AONB Partnership. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Gant, Roland (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. p. 180. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.
  4. ^ "Dorchester, Weymouth and surrounding area" (Map). Landranger 194. Ordnance Survey.
  5. ^ "Manor House, Winterborne Clenston". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Manor Farm Barn, Winterborne Clenston - North Dorset". Heritage at risk. Historic England. Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Barn approximately 100 metres west of Winterborne Clenston Manor House". Historic England. Retrieved 26 August 2016.