Wraxall, Dorset

Historical Description

Wraxall, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 ½ miles NW of Maiden Newton station on the G.W.R. Post town, Maiden Newton, under Dorchester. Acreage, 968; population, 62. The living is a rectory, annexed to Rampisham, The church is a small edifice of stone in the Norman style.

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 Wraxall St. Mary
Hundred Eggerton
Poor Law union Beaminster (1836-)
Registration district Beaminster
Registration sub-district Evershot

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


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1650. 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).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Wraxall, 1710-1812 is online.


Churches

Church of England

The Holy Trinity (parish church)

The parish church of the Holy Trinity is a small edifice of stone in the Transition Norman style, consisting of chancel and nave, south porch and a western turret containing one bell; there are 50 sittings.


Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Wraxall was in Beaminster Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Bridport Registration District from 1937 to 1974


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Wraxall from the following:


Maps

Online maps of Wraxall 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.