Manston, Dorset

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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
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°56′20″N 2°15′54″W / 50.9390°N 2.2651°W / 50.9390; -2.2651Coordinates: 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, 2 miles (3.2 km) east of the town 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 ha) 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]


  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. British History Online. University of London. 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
  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

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