North Dorset District
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Region||South West England|
|Admin HQ||Blandford Forum|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974 to 31 March 2019|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||North Dorset District Council|
|• Leadership||Leader and Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Simon Hoare|
|• Total||235.2 sq mi (609.2 km2)|
|• Rank||(of 309)|
|• Density||300/sq mi (120/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||98.6% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||19UE (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
North Dorset was a local government district in Dorset, England. It was largely rural, but included the towns of Blandford Forum, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Stalbridge and Sturminster Newton. Much of North Dorset was in the River Stour valley and is called the Blackmore Vale. The economy of North Dorset was largely dairy agriculture based.
The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from the municipal boroughs of Blandford Forum, Shaftesbury, Blandford Rural District, Shaftesbury Rural District and Sturminster Rural District. The district and its council were abolished on 1 April 2019 and, together with the other 4 districts outside the greater Bournemouth area, incorporated into a Dorset unitary authority.
At the 2001 UK census North Dorset had a population of 61,905, a rise of 8,300 from 1991, with 25,248 households.
North Dorset is home to North Dorset Rugby Football Club.
Main article: List of churches in North Dorset