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This article refers to the village in Dorset. For other uses of "Pentridge", see Pentridge .


Pentridge is a village (technically, a hamlet) in north east Dorsetmarker, Englandmarker, situated on Cranborne Chasemarker on the A354 road ten miles north east of Blandford Forummarker and twelve miles south west of Salisburymarker. The village has a population of 215 ( ). The name is Celtic, meaning "hill of the wild boar", and its existence was recorded before the time of Alfred the Great, as "Pentric".

The village is located amongst many Neolithic, Roman and Saxon earthworks, notably Bokerley Dykemarker, a long defensive ditch which was dug by the Romano-British to keep out the Saxon invaders.

Nearby is Pentridge Hill, formed by a band of more resistant chalk than the surrounding land. Either side of the hill are deep valleys formed during the last ice age.

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