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Grimes Ditch, Dorset

Historical Description

Grimes Ditch, an ancient earthwork in Wiltshire and Hants, extending from Gravelly south-eastward, in a winding course, past the confines of Dorset, toward Christchnrch. It is clearly traceable for about 6 miles, and it seems of such high antiquity as to have been regarded by the Saxons in the light of something old and mysterious.

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 

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.