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Chesil Bank, Dorset

Historical Description

Chesil Bank, a ridge of shingle on the coast of Dorset, extending 10½ miles north-westward from Portland to Abbotsbury. It is separated from the mainland by a narrow channel called the Fleet; has for the most part a width of from 170 to 200 yards; consists chiefly of chalky white pebbles mixed in parts with sand; and slopes steeply on each side to the water.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.