Bourton, Dorset

Historical Description

Bourton, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the verge of the county, 3 miles SW of Mere, 4 NNW of Gillingham station on the L. & S.W.R., and 4 from Wincanton. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bath. Acreage, 922; population of the civil parish, 782; of the ecclesiastical, 761. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury ; net value, £277 with residence. The church is good; it was rebuilt in 1878-79. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels ; also a large iron foundry, engine and boiler works, and two brickyards.

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

Administration

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

Ancient County Dorsetshire
Civil parish Gillingham
Diocese Salisbury
Liberty Gillingham
Poor Law union Shaftesbury (1894-)
Registration district Shaftesbury
Registration sub-district Gillingham

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


Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1812. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).


Churches

Church of England

St. George (parish church)

The parish church of St. George, rebuilt in 1878-9, is in the Perpendicular style, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and an incomplete tower containing 6 bells: there are sittings for 314 persons.

St. George, Bourton Nave of St. George, Bourton Funeral cart


Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Bourton was in Mere Registration District from 1837 to 1896, Shaftesbury Registration District from 1896 to 1937, and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bourton from the following:


Maps

Online maps of Bourton 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.

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