Buckhorn Weston, Dorset
Buckhorn-Weston, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the verge of the county, 3 ½ miles WSW of Gillingham station on the L. & S.W.R., and 4 SE of Wincanton. It has a post office under Bath; money order and telegraph office, Sandley. Acreage, 1705 ; population, 491. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £273 with residence.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Shaftesbury (1894-)|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1677. 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).
Church of England
St. John the Baptist (parish church)
The parish church of St. John the Baptist is a building of stone, principally in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, north aisle, added in 1872, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, and containing 6 bells: there are the remains of a rood-loft and a tomb with recumbent male figure: the church was restored in 1872, and has sittings for 300 persons.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Buckhorn Weston was in Wincanton Registration District from 1837 to 1895, Shaftesbury Registration District from 1895 to 1937, and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Buckhorn Weston from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Online maps of Buckhorn Weston are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.