Lydlinch, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the Lyd, an affluent of the river Stour, 3 miles WSW of Sturminster station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Sturminster Newton. Acreage, including Stock Gaylard, 3398; population of the civil parish, 382; of the ecclesiastical, 326. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £560 with residence.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|County Court district||Shaftesbury|
|Ecclesiastical parish||Lydlinch St. Thomas à Beckett|
|Poor Law union||Sturminster (1835-)|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
We have transcribed the 1871, 1881 and 1901 census returns for Lydlinch. Other years will be coming soon.
The Registers of Lydlinch 1559-1812 are available to browse online.
We have transcribed the Marriages at Lydlinch from 1837-1919.
The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1559. 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. Thomas à Becket, Holebrook Lane (parish church)
The parish church of St Thomas à Becket is a small edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, of two bays, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 5 bells: there are 130 sittings.
South East view
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Lydlinch was in Sturminster Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Lydlinch from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Lydlinch (St. Thomas))
- 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 Lydlinch 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.