Fortuneswell, Dorset

Historical Description

Fortuneswell, a village in Portland parish, Dorsetshire, 1 mile from Portland station on the G.W.R., and 1 ½ miles S of Weymouth. It stands connected with Chesilton, occupies higher ground, has a post, money order, and telegraph office, and a good inn, and takes its name from a spring on a height behind the inn, 200 feet above sea-level. This height rises altogether to an altitude of 490 feet, and commands a splendid panoramic view inclusive of the Chesil Bank.

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
Diocese Salisbury

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


Church Records

The register of St. John the Baptist dates from the year 1839. 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. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist, was erected in 1839, and a district was assigned to it in 1840: it is an edifice of Portland stone, in the Norman style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles and an embattled western tower, containing a clock and 2 bells: there are 500 sittings.


Maps

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