Thornford is a village and civil parish in north west Dorset, England, situated in the Yeo valley 4 miles (6.4 km) southwest of Sherborne. Dorset County Council's  estimate of the population of the parish is around 900 Thornford is in Thornhackett Parish, a combined parish comprising the villages of Thornford and Beer Hackett. The Parish Council comprises seven elected members from Thornford and three from Beer Hackett, all of whom serve a four-year term of office.The village has a general store/post office, a pub, and a primary school, a Norman church, village hall,  recreation field, and a railway station. Thornford railway station is on the Heart of Wessex Line running between Bristol and Weymouth. Thornford is mentioned in the Domesday Book where it is called Torneford and is listed as belonging to the Bishop of Salisbury. Archeological finds suggest Bronze Age or earlier inhabitation. A Roman villa has been excavated close to the village.There are a number of Grade II listed buildings in the village, the centre of which, dominated by a Victorian clock tower, was designated a Conservation area in 1994. The most recent Grade II listing (in February 2008) is the British Telecom telephone box

Beer Hackett either before or after the survey in the Domesday Book belonged to the Bishop of Sarum for in the book of knight's fees,by inquisition before John de Kirkebey, (Bishop of Ely 1286-1290 and the LordTreasurer) Alan Mukenet and Laurence de Lillington held here the fee of the Bishop of Sarum The distictive name of Beer Hackett apears to have been derived from Haket de Bere who was living in the time of Henry 1st

The land chnged hands many times and during Edwards the V reign Richard Warr of Hestercombeheldthe manor of Bere Hacket and the manor of Sputel of the prior of St John of Jerusalem The will of William Bond of Blackmanston in the Isle of Purbeck dated 6th July 1636 gave his manor and lands in Bere Hacket to trustees upon certain trusts declared in his will.From him it seems to have passed through his daughter Jane,wife of Barnaby Lewis esq to the Farrs for it afterwards belonged to John Farr of Stock Gaylard esq. Mr Weston, Mr Fox, Mr Mundenand now (1870) to G D W Digby,esq.
There are five Grade 11 Listed Buildings in Beer Hackett including the churc

  There are no  bus services in Thornford and Beer Hackett  subsidy was withdrawn by the County Council in 2017

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Alight here fro Thornford and Beer Hackett

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