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Chickerell
B3157 at Chickerell - geograph.org.uk - 351812.jpg
B3157 road at Chickerell
Population 5,515 
OS grid reference SY643804
District
  • West Dorset
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town WEYMOUTH
Postcode district DT3
Dialling code 01305
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
  • West Dorset
List of places
UK
England
DorsetCoordinates: 50°37′26″N 2°30′17″W / 50.624°N 2.5047°W / 50.624; -2.5047

Chickerell is a town and parish in the West Dorset district of Dorset, England. In the 2011 census the parish and the electoral ward had a population of 5,515.

History

Although Roman remains have been found, indicating that there has been settlement in the area for many years, as a modern town, Chickerell is recent and one of Dorset's newest towns. Chickerell has seen much development over the last twenty years.

Geography

The parish of Chickerell has to the west the Fleet Lagoon, East Fleet and Langton Herring. To the north-west is Portesham, to the east Weymouth, and to the south the Isle of Portland. Chesil Beach runs alongside to the west of the village which is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. A major attraction in Chickerell is the Bennetts Water Gardens which is situated next to Chickerell Downs, a Woodland Trust wood. The Chickerell Rifle Range is also located close to the Fleet Lagoon, and is part of the Wyke Regis Training Area.

Demography

At the 2011 census Chickerell's population was 5,515. Most of the residents (97.4%) considered themselves to be of a white, British ethnicity. Some 18% of the population were under 15, 2.8% were 16 or 17, 25.9% were between 18 and 44, 22.3% were 45 to 59, and the largest proportion (32.3%) were over 60 years of age. The birth rate in Chickerell exceeds the death rate and there is a net inward migration resulting in a steady increase of the population. Chickerell's population has grown considerably since 1960. Between 1961 and 1971 it increased by 43% from 2,300 to 3,300 and has continued to grow ever since, although at a slower rate.

Historical population of Chickerell
Year 1921 1931 1951 1961 1971 1981 1991 2001
Population 1,130 1,320 2,450 2,300 3,300 3,680 4,160 5,280
Source: Census 1921–2001

Transport

The nearest railway station to Chickerell is Weymouth, 2.0 miles (3.2 km) away from the town. The nearest coach station is at Weymouth, the nearest airport is Bournemouth Airport.

The B3157 Chickerell Road connects Chickerell to Weymouth east bound, and Bridport along the coast to the west. This is the only major road in or near the town.

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