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Langton Matravers is a village and civil parish on the Isle of Purbeck, in the county of Dorset in the south of England. It is situated about 2mi west of Swanage town centre and 5mi south-east of Corfe Castle. In the 2011 census the civil parish had 381 households and a population of 853.HistoryThe name Langton stems from "long town". Matravers stems from the name of Lord Mautravers who once resided there, and ultimately originates from the French "mal traverse".The Old Malthouse was a preparatory school for boys and, more recently, girls which was founded in 1906, but closed in 2007. Two other preparatory schools Durnford School and Spyway used to be located in the village. Both Durnford and Spyway were closed earlier; Ian Fleming author of the James Bond novels was educated at Durnford.GovernanceLangton Matravers is the major part of an electoral ward called Langton. This stretches south to the English Channel and includes Worth Matravers. The total population for the ward at the 2011 census was 1,491. For governmental purposes it lies within the Purbeck local government district, the South Dorset constituency of the House of Commons and the South West England constituency of the European Parliament. The first Langton Matravers Parish Council was elected in 1894.
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