Stour Provost, Dorset

Historical Description

Stower Provost, a parish in Dorsetshire, 3 ½ miles SSW of Gillingham station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Gillingham. Acreage, 2815; population of the civil parish, 700; of the ecclesiastical, 838. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. A nunnery or cell to St Leger de Pratellis in Normandy was founded in the time of King John, and with the manor was given to King's College, Cambridge, by Henry VI. in 1444. The living is a rectory, united with Todbere, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £4:90 with residence. Patron, King's College, Cambridge. The church is good. There are Primitive Methodist and Congregational chapels.

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
Liberty Stour Provost
Poor Law union Shaftesbury (1836-)
Registration district Shaftesbury
Registration sub-district Gillingham

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


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1701. 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. Michael, Church Lane (parish church)

The church of St. Michael is a building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 4 bells: the stained east window was presented by the late Rev. Henry James Slingsby, formerly rector, and there are others to the Rev. Robert Abercrombie Denton and the Rev. Richard Arthur Francis Barrett, both former rectors: the church affords 300 sittings.


Civil Registration

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

Stour Provost 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 Stour Provost from the following:


Maps

Online maps of Stour Provost 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.