Nether Gussage

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Nether Gussage is a village in north Dorset. The village has 247 residents according to the 2001 Census. The village church, St Walburga, dates from the 10th century. The village has a pub (the Coach and Horses), a post office, a local shop and a chip shop.

During much of the 1970s the village operated a local currency scheme that ran in parallel with the national UK currency. The unit of local currency was known as an asbo and consisted of paper bank notes which depicted a sickle and a sheaf of corn. Although the scheme mostly collapsed during the premiership of Margaret Thatcher a number of notes remained in circulation until 1991. The currency has subsequently become a matter of nostalgia. To this day a number of older residents of the village still have asbos.

The jazz pianist Irving Braxiatel, after whom the village hall is named, grew up in Nether Gussage.

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