Chalbury, a parish in Dorsetshire, about 3 miles from the Roman road from Dorchester, 5 miles SW from Verwood station on the L. & S.W.R. and 5 north from Wimborne, under which it has a post office; money order and telegraph office, Witchampton. Acreage, 818 ; population of the civil parish, 147 ; of the ecclesiastical, 164. It includes Didling-ton tithing. Part of the land is high, has an ancient entrenchment, and commands a fine view to the sea. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £152 with residence. In 1886 a detached part of this village, known .as Uddens, was amalgamated with Wimborne Minster.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Wimborne (1835-1836)|
|Poor Law union||Wimborne and Cranborne (1836-)|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1629. 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
dedication unknown (parish church)
The church, sitting on a hill, is a building of flint and rubble, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a turret containing one bell: there are about 75 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Chalbury was in Wimborne Registration District from 1837 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 Chalbury from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.
Online maps of Chalbury 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.
Villages, Hamlets, &c
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.