Alderholt, Dorset

Historical Description

Alderholt, a tithing and a chapelry in Cranborne parish, Dorset. The tithing lies on the verge of the county, 4 ½ miles E of Cranborne, and 5 ½ N of Ringwood railway station, and has a post office under Salisbury; money order office, Fordingbridge; telegraph office, Daggens Road (R.S.) Population, 696. The chapelry includes the tithing, but is larger, and was constituted in 1849. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £123. The church was built by the Marquis of Salisbury.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Civil parish Cranborne (-1894)
Civil parish Alderholt (1894-)
County Court district Wimborne
Diocese Salisbury
Ecclesiastical parish Cranborne St. Mary & St. Bartholemew (-1849)
Ecclesiastical parish Alderholt St. James (1849-)
Hundred Cranborne
Poor Law union Wimborne and Cranborne (1894-)
Registration sub-district Cranborne (1837-1911)

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Census Records

We have transcribed the complete 1901 census return for Alderholt . Other years will be coming soon.

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1849. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).


Church of England

St. James (parish church)

The parish church of St James, at Daggans, erected by the Marquess of Salisbury, is a building of local sandstone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, western porch, and a turret containing one bell: there are 150 sittings.

Civil Registration

Alderholt was in Wimborne Registration District from 1894 to 1937, Blandford Registration District from 1937 to 1956, and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Alderholt from the following:


Online maps of Alderholt are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.