Infobox UK place
region= South West England
static_image_caption= Beaminster Parish church
population= 2,936 [Census, 2001]
constituency_westminster= West Dorset
london_distance= mi to km|145|precision=0
Beaminster is a small
townand civil parishin the West Dorsetdistrict of Dorsetin South West England. The local travel links are located five miles from the town to Crewkerne railway stationand 30 miles to Exeter International Airport. The main road running through the town is the A3066, connecting Beaminster to Bridport. The town has a population of 2,936 according to the 2001 Census.
The town stands are the head of the valley of the
River Brit. [ [http://www.beaminster.org.uk/ Beaminster, Dorset Home Page ] ] It is famous for the Beaminster Festival, an annual nine-day music and art festival.
During the civil war the town declared for Parliament, and was sacked by Royalist forces in 1644 and suffered a fire started accidentally in 1684. The town did not get a railway and so remained in its small state, and today has a population of 2,791. Beaminster is the home of Clipper Tea.
It is the hometown of Martin Clunes.
Beaminster Forum and Redhone hundred.
Beaminster secondary school is a small school with approximately 700 students, from Year 7 up to Year 11. It has a combined
sixth formwith the Sir John Colfox secondary school, in the nearby town of Bridport.
* [http://www.beaminster.org.uk/ Beaminster Online]
* [http://www1.dorsetcc.gov.uk/LIVING/FACTS/Census2001.nsf/6cadf4da179fc19500256663004afece/41f0f60cd4a0577980256ec500509336?OpenDocument Census data]
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