Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset
Sydling St Nicholas, a parish, comprising two tithings and forming a liberty, in Dorsetshire, 3 miles from Grimston station on the G.W.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Dorchester. Acreage, 5130; population, 563. Court House is the chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £130 with residence. Patron, Winchester College. The church is good; and there are Wesleyan and Congregational chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Sydling St. Nicholas|
|Liberty||Sydling St Nicholas|
|Poor Law union||Cerne (1835-)|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1565. 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. Nicholas (parish church)
The parish church of St. Nicholas is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south transept, north porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a peal of 5 fine-toned bells: there are 349 sittings.
Sydling St. Nicholas was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1937, and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Sydling St Nicholas from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Online maps of Sydling St Nicholas 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.