Sherborne

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Coordinates: 50°56′49″N 2°31′02″W / 50.9469°N 2.5171°W / 50.9469; -2.5171

Sherborne
Sherborne abbey.jpg
Sherborne Abbey
Sherborne is located in Dorset
Sherborne
 Sherborne shown within Dorset
Population 9,523 [1]
OS grid reference ST638165
    - London  124 miles (200 km) 
District West Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Sherborne
Postcode district DT9
Dialling code 01935
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament West Dorset
List of places
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England
Dorset

Sherborne is a market town in northwest Dorset, in South West England. It is on the River Yeo, 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Yeovil. The A30 road, which goes from London to Penzance, runs through the town.

The population of Sherborne parish was 9,523 in the 2011 census.[1] 28.7% of the population is aged 65 or older.[2]

Sherborne is best known for Sherborne Abbey, a historical building. It was a Saxon cathedral from the years 705–1075. It was a Benedictine abbey from the years 998–1539. Now it is a local church.

Sherborne also has two castles. One is ruins of a 12th century fortified palace.The second is a 16th century mansion named Sherborne Castle. It was built by Sir Walter Raleigh. Much of the old town is built from ochre-coloured stone. These include the abbey and many medieval and Georgian era buildings.

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