West Ward Common

Common land located in Dorchester, West Dorset, Dorset.


Madow adjacent to River Frome, on north edge of Dorchester.


Disputed but unmodified. The Dorset Water Board claim aright of access for maintenance purposes. Duchy of Cornwall claim rights and interests of Lord of the Manor, with right to depasture 27 cattle over part.

2 parts owned by Duchy of Cornwall. Part owned jointly by 3 privateowners. 2 parts owned jointly by 2 private owners, (ie.4 owners).

Final.Owners registered by application, (not disputed).


Dairy cattle, cattle and horses.

Estovers (1)

Rights entries disputed and 7 entries modified. Rightof estovers is for 'a right to cut hay over 5 acres of land'. Grazing varies: Dairy cattle: 6th to 14th August; heifers/horses 15th August to 1st November.


  • A roads
  • Footpaths
  • Bridleways

Other Notes


Land Data

Common Land Name West Ward Common
County Dorset
District West Dorset
Parish Dorchester
TVG Reg # 14
Authority Dorset
Area 45.34 hectares / 112.04 acres
Ordnance Survey Sheet # 194
OS 100km Grid Square SY69
Easting 3680
Northing 916
OS Grid Ref 368000,91600
Min Contour 60
Max Contour 70
Median Elevation 65



Data recorded July, 1986.

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