BELLCHALWELL, a parish, in the union of STURMINSTER, hundred of CRANBORNE, Sturminster division of DORSET, 8 miles (W. N. W.) from Blandford-Forum, containing 225 inhabitants, and comprising 1308 acres, of which 222 are common or waste. The living is a discharged rectory, united in 1776 to the rectory of Fifehead-Neville, and valued in the king's books at £7. 15. The tithes have been commuted for £260, and there are 3 acres of glebe.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, 1848. Transcribed by Nigel Batty-Smith ©2014
- Michael Day provides photographs and bibliography for Belchalwell (St. Aldhelm) on his Dorset Churches website
- You can search for churches in the local area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database.
- The Dorset History Centre hold the Parish Registers for Belchalwell:
Baptisms: 1842-1998 Marriages: 1760-1971 Burials: 1821-1998 (DHC )
- A description of Belchalwell from the Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5 is available on the UK Genealogy Archives site