town in Dorset, England

Sherborne is a market town in northwest Dorset, in South West England. It is on the River Yeo, 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Yeovil. The A30 road, which goes from London to Penzance, runs through the town.

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Sherborne Abbey
Population9,523 [1]
OS grid referenceST638165
• London124 miles (200 km)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSherborne
Postcode districtDT9
Dialling code01935
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
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The population of Sherborne parish was 9,523 in the 2011 census.[1] 28.7% of the population is aged 65 or older.[2]

Sherborne is best known for Sherborne Abbey, a historical building. It was a Saxon cathedral from the years 705–1075. It was a Benedictine abbey from the years 998–1539. Now it is a local church.

Sherborne also has two castles. One is ruins of a 12th century fortified palace.The second is a 16th century mansion named Sherborne Castle. It was built by Sir Walter Raleigh. Much of the old town is built from ochre-coloured stone. These include the abbey and many medieval and Georgian era buildings.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics - Sherborne (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  2. "Age Structure, 2011 (KS102EW) - Sherborne (Parish)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 May 2013.

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