East Stour, Dorset

Historical Description

Stower, East, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 ½ miles SSW of Gillingham station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Gillingham; money order and telegraph office, Gillingham. Acreage, 1786; population, 444. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to Gillingham. The church is good. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels and a temperance hall. Fielding was for some time a resident.

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.

Ancient County Dorsetshire
Diocese Salisbury
Hundred Redlane
Poor Law union Shaftesbury (1836-)
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 1584. 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

Christ Church (parish church)

The parish church of Christ Church, rebuilt on the old site in 1841, is a cruciform edifice of stone in the Norman style, and consists of chancel, nave, transepts, north porch and an embattled central tower containing 3 bells; the east window and six smaller windows are stained: there are 300 sittings.

Christ Church, East Stower

Civil Registration

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

East Stour was in Shaftesbury Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for East Stour from the following:


Online maps of East Stour 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.