West Stafford, Dorset
Stafford, West, a parish, with a village, in Dorsetshire, 3 miles S by E of Dorchester station on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Dorchester. Acreage, 1015; population, 206. Stafford House is the seat of the Floyer family. The living is a rectory, with Frome Billet annexed, in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £280 with residence. The church is ancient.
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 1558. 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. Andrew (parish church)
The parish church of St. Andrew is a building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch and a small embattled western tower containing 3 bells: on the north side of the chancel is a tomb with recumbent effigy to the late Rev. Canon Reginald Southwell Smith M.A. rector here 1836-96. The pulpit, screen and altar rail are Jacobean, the chandelier is Georgian: over the porch is the date 1645, in which year it was rebuilt: the church was thoroughly restored and the chancel enlarged in 1897-8: there are 150 sittings.
West Stafford 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 West Stafford from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Stafford, West)
- 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 West Stafford 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.