Margaret Marsh, Dorset

Historical Description

Margaret Marsh, a parish in Dorsetshire, 4 miles NE of Sturminster Newton station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, and 4 SW of Shaftesbury. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Shaftesbury. Acreage, 552; population of the civil parish, 60 ; of the ecclesiastical, 226. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of East Orchard, in the diocese of Salisbury; joint net value, £210. Patron, the Vicar of Iwerne Minster. The church is a small building, and was rebuilt in 1873.

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
Ecclesiastical parish Margaret-Marsh St. Margaret
Hundred Sturminster Newton Castle
Poor Law union Shaftesbury (1836-)
Registration district Shaftesbury
Registration sub-district Fontmell

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


Church Records

The register dates from the year 1563. 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. Margaret (parish church)

The parish church of St. Margaret, rebuilt (with the exception of the tower) in 1873, at a cost of £800, is an edifice in the Early Decorated style, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower, containing 4 bells: there are sittings for 80 persons.


Civil Registration

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

Margaret Marsh 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 Margaret Marsh from the following:


Maps

Online maps of Margaret Marsh 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.