Gussage St Michael, Dorset
Gussage St Michael, a parish in Dorsetshire, 5 miles W by S of Cranborne, and 6 ½ from Verwood station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Salisbury; money order and telegraph office, Wimbome St Giles. Acreage, 2461; population of the civil parish, 229; of the ecclesiastical, 298. There are extensive ancient earthworks. The Roman road. Via Iceniana, divides this parish from Gussage All Saints. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £280 with residence. Patron, Viscount Portman. The church is Transition Norman, and has a Saxon tower, arch, and embattled tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel. In 1888, General Pitt Rivers discovered a Romano-British settlement at East Woodyates, which is believed by archaeologists to be the site of the Roman station of Vindogladia. On Oakley Down, in the parish of Handley, is Worbarrow, a long barrow of the stone age, opened by General Pitt Rivers in 1894.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Gussage St. Michael|
|Poor Law union||Cranborne (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 1654. 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. Michael (parish church)
The parish church of St. Michael is a very ancient building of stone and flint, in the Transition Norman style, consisting of chancel, with north chapel, nave, aisles, north porch and an embattled tower at the west end, containing 5 bells, the tenor bell was recast in 1896; the windows are filled with stained glass; a memorial reredos was erected in 1870 to the late Rev. G. Dewdney, a former rector: the chancel was rebuilt under the superintendence of the late G. E. Street esq. R.A., and the church was restored in 1895 at a cost of about £1,000, under the direction of Mr. C. M. P. Ponting, architect, when a new vestry and an oak screen and pulpit were provided; there are 150 sittings: in the churchyard is a remarkably fine yew tree.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Gussage St. Michael 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 Gussage St Michael from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Online maps of Gussage St Michael 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.