BRADPOLE is a village and civil parish in south west
Dorset , England
, in the Brit valley , 1 mile (1.6 km) outside
Bridport . In the 2011
census the population of the parish was 2,339.
In 1651 Charles II passed through
Bradpole in his efforts to evade
capture after he failed to sail to France from
Charmouth following his
defeat at the
Battle of Worcester
Battle of Worcester . An inscribed stone in the south of
the parish, where Lee Lane meets the A35 trunk road between Bridport
and Dorchester, marks the place where he took a turning off the main
road to escape from his pursuers.
Bradpole is the birthplace of industrialist and Liberal Party
William Edward Forster
William Edward Forster (1818 - 1886), who was instrumental
in bringing through the 1870 Elementary Education Act . He is
commemorated by the village Memorial Hall.
The parish church was built in 1845, following two previous buildings
on the same site. Its communion cup dates from the 16th century.
* ^ A B "Neighbourhood Statistics. Area:
Bradpole (Parish). Fey
Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National
Statistics. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
* ^ West
Dorset District Council (1982). West Dorset. West Dorset
District Council. p. 5.
* ^ Sir Frederick Treves (1905). Highways and Byways in
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* ^ A B Reginald J W Hammond (1979).
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p. 39. ISBN 0 7063 5494 X .