Pentridge, a parish in Dorsetshire, on Bockerly Ditch, adjacent to Wilts, 3¼ miles NNW of Cranborne, and 7 from Verwood station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Cranborne. The manor belongs to the Earl of Shaftesbury. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £130 with residence. Patron, The Lord Chancellor. The church was rebuilt in 1857.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Pentridge St. Rumbold|
|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 dates from the year 1704. 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. Rumbold (parish church)
The parish church of St. Rumbold, a small Middle Pointed structure of flint and stone, was enlarged and partly rebuilt in 1857, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a western tower, with spire, containing 4 bells: there are stained windows, and sittings for 100.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Pentridge 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 Pentridge from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Pentridge (St. Rumbold))
- 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 Pentridge 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.