Oborne, a parish in Dorsetshire, adjacent to Somerset, If mile ENE of Sherborne station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Sherborne; money order and telegraph office, Sherborne. Acreage, 607; population, 130. The manor belongs to Caius College, Cambridge. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £90 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1862, and is in the Early English style
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Oborne St. Cuthbert|
|Poor Law union||Sherborne (1835-)|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1567. 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. Cuthbert (parish church)
The parish church of St. Cuthbert, rebuilt on a new site in 1862 in the Early English style, is of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and a small embattled western turret containing one bell: in the chancel are three fine stained windows: there are sittings for 129 persons. The chancel of the old church is still standing: in 1914 the churchyard adjoining the old church was closed.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Oborne was in Sherborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Oborne from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Online maps of Oborne 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.