Sturminster Marshall, Dorset

Historical Description

Sturminster Marshall, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands on the river Stour, near Bailey Gate station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, 4 miles W of Wimborne Minster, was once a market-town, and has a post and money order office under Wimborne; telegraph office, Bailey Gate railway station, and an eight-arched bridge. The parish contains Coombe Almer tithing, and comprises 3995 acres; population, 806. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £156 with residence. Patron, Eton College. The church is an ancient structure of stone.

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 Sturminster-Marshall St. Mary
Hundred Cogdean
Poor Law union Wimborne (1835-1836)
Poor Law union Wimborne and Cranborne (1836-)
Registration district Wimborne
Registration sub-district Wimborne

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


Church Records

The register dates from the year 1563 and has been printed. 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. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary is an ancient edifice of stone, partly Norman, and consisting of chancel, nave of six bays, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 6 bells, which were rehung in 1911 in a new steel frame at the expense of C. E. Parke esq.; two new bells were given by the late Mrs. S. T. Courtney and the late R. Courtney esq.: a new organ was provided in 1907, at a cost of about £450: the church was restored in 1860, and affords 468 sittings.


Civil Registration

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

Sturminster Marshall 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 Sturminster Marshall from the following:


Maps

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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

Cogdean
Coombe Almer


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.