Winterborne Clenston, Dorset
Winterborne Clenston, a parish in Dorsetshire, 4 miles SW of Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. Post town, Blandford. Acreage, 1312; population, 103. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £200 with residence. Three churches formerly were here, and the present church was rebuilt in 1840.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Blandford (1835-)|
|Registration sub-district||Milton Abbas|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1750. 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, rebuilt in 1840 by Mrs. Michel, is an edifice of flint and Portland stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, western porch and a western tower with spire, containing one bell: in the chancel is a handsome stained window: there are brasses to Capt. H. Mansell-Pleydell, erected by his brother officers, and to the late J. C. Mansel-Pleydell esq. and at the entrance to the churchard is a fine marble cross, erected to Capt. Pleydell by his parents: the church was reseated in 1901: there are 150 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Winterborne Clenston was in Blandford Registration District from 1837 to 1956 and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.
Online maps of Winterborne Clenston 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.