West Bexington

West Bexington is a village in south west Dorset, England, sited just behind the Chesil Beach about 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of Bridport. It forms part of the civil parish of Puncknowle. The coast here is part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.

West Bexington

West Bexington viewed from inland
West Bexington
Location within Dorset
OS grid referenceSY533868
Unitary authority
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
PoliceDorset
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
  • West Dorset

History

In the Domesday Book of 1086 the estate here was recorded as Bessintone; it had twenty households and was owned by a Roger Arundel.[1]

The majority of the present houses in West Bexington were built between 1919 and 1939, on plots of farmland which had been sold due to the land becoming agriculturally derelict. At the same time a swimming pool was also built behind the beach.[2] The older manor house and farm buildings are still present and there are a number of more modern houses.

Nature reserve

The village of West Bexington provides access to the Chesil Beach. The West Bexington nature reserve is one of the Dorset Wildlife Trust's few coastal reserves. It is internationally important because of the rare vegetated shingle habitat that thrives here (Rock Samphire, Sea Beet, Sea Campion, Sea Kale, Tree Mallow, Tufted Vetch, Wild Carrot, Wild Parsnip, Woody Nightshade, Yellow Horned Poppy and Yellow Iris).

References

  1. "Place: [East and West] Bexington". Open Domesday. domesdaymap.co.uk. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  2. Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 168. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9.
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