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Lewesdon and Pillesdon, Dorset

Historical Description

Lewesdon and Pillesdon, two hills in the W of Dorsetshire, 2½ and 4 miles W of Beaminster. They have a singular appearance, and much resemble each other; they serve as a landmark to mariners, and command a very fine view. Sailors call them the Cow and the Calf, and a popular proverb says about any two things which resemble each other, "As much akin as Lew'son Hill to Pil'son Pen." Lewesdon is the subject of verses by Crowe, which were much admired by Rogers. Pillesdon is the highest ground in the county, has an altitude of 934 feet above sea-level, and is crowned by an ancient oval camp, with three strong ramparts and ditches.

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.