Manston, Dorset

Coordinates: 50°56′20″N 2°15′54″W / 50.9390°N 2.2651°W / 50.9390; -2.2651
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Manston House
Manston is located in Dorset
Location within Dorset
Population140 [1]
OS grid referenceST815155
Unitary authority
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSturminster Newton
Postcode districtDT10
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
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50°56′20″N 2°15′54″W / 50.9390°N 2.2651°W / 50.9390; -2.2651

Manston is a small village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England, lying next to the River Stour in the Blackmore Vale, two miles (three kilometres) east of Sturminster Newton. The geology of the parish consists mostly of Kimmeridge clay, with a thin strip of Corallian limestone in the west.[2][3]


In 1086 in the Domesday Book, Manston was recorded as Manestone;[4] it had 19 households, 8 ploughlands, 25 acres (10 hectares) of meadow and 2 mills. It was in the hundred of Gillingham and tenant-in-chief was Waleran the hunter.[5]

The parish church of St Nicholas has a 13th-century chancel, 14th-century nave and 15th-century west tower.[2] The first legal cremation in Britain took place at Manston House in 1883,[6] carried out by Captain Thomas Hanham.[7]

In 2013 the estimated population of the parish was 140.[1] Northwood Farm in Manston is a former dairy farm that converted to a grain farm. It grows oats, wheat, and fava beans and has received the Biocyclic Vegan Standard.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b 'Manston', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 3, Central (London, 1970), pp. 143-145. University of London. 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2015 – via British History Online.
  3. ^ Wightman, R., Portrait of Dorset, Hale, 1983, p17
  4. ^ "Dorset H–R". The Domesday Book Online. 1999–2013. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Place: Manston". Open Domesday. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  6. ^ Burton-Page, Tony (August 2011). "Dorset Houses – A burning question". Dorset Life Magazine. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  7. ^ Hanham Mausoleum
  8. ^ "Dorset dairy farmer transforms business to be animal-free". BBC News. 16 February 2023. Retrieved 3 March 2023.

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