Toller Porcorum, Dorset

Historical Description

Toller Porcorum, a parish, with Kingcombe tithing, in Dorsetshire, at Toller station on the G.W.R., and 2 ½ miles W of Maiden Newton. It has a post office under Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Maiden Newton. Acreage, 3173; population, 417. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. There are stone quarries and chalk pits. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £105 with residence. The church was restored in 1895. Toller Porcorum, or Swine's Toller, derives its distinguishing name from the great number of swine that were formerly bred in and about the parish.

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 Toller-Porcorum St. Peter
Hundred Beaminster Forum and Redborne
Hundred Tollerford
Poor Law union Dorchester (1836-)
Registration district Dorchester
Registration sub-district Maiden Newton

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


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1615. 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. Peter and St. Andrew (parish church)

The parish church of St. Peter and St. Andrew is a building of stone in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, and an embattled western tower containing 4 bells: an ancient Roman altar is used as a font: the east window and two others in the chancel are stained: in 1891 the chancel was restored, and in 1895 the two galleries were removed, and the church completely restored at a cost of about £700: there are 150 sittings.


Civil Registration

Toller Porcorum was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Toller Porcorum from the following:


Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Maps

Online maps of Toller Porcorum 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.