Warmwell, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2½ miles SSW of Moreton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5 SE of Dorchester. It has a post office under Dorchester; money order office, Broadmayne; telegraph office, Moreton railway station. Acreage, 1698; population of the civil parish, 183; of the ecclesiastical with Pokeswell, 323. Warmwell House is the chief residence. The living is a rectory, united with Pokeswell, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value of the united rectories, £290. The church is a building of stone in the Early English style; the chancel was rebuilt in 1881.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Dorchester (1836-)|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1641. 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
The Holy Trinity (parish church)
The parish church of the Holy Trinity is a small fabric of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch, and a low western tower containing 4 bells; it was repaired and reseated in 1851; the chancel was rebuilt in 1881 at a cost of £1,300, defrayed by the Rev. E. Pickard-Cambridge, then rector, to whose wife a memorial window has been erected; there is also a memorial brass, erected in 1901, to the late Rev. Joseph Wood, rector here 1895-1900: the tower was almost entirely rebuilt and the bells rehung in 1887, at the cost of Lieut-Col. A. B. Foster: there are 120 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Warmwell 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 Warmwell from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Warmwell)
- 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 Warmwell 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.