BLANDFORD-FORUM (ST. PETER AND ST. PAUL), a parish, in the union of BLANDFORD, comprising the borough and market-town of Blandford-Forum and the township of Pimperne, in the hundred of PIMPERNE, Blandford division of DORSET, 16 miles (N. E.) from Dorchester, and 104 (S. W.) from London; containing 3349 inhabitants. This place derived its name from its situation near an ancient ford on the river Stour, called by the Romans Trajectus Balaniensis, It was nearly destroyed by an accidental fire in 1579, but was soon afterwards rebuilt.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, 1848. Transcribed by Nigel Batty-Smith ©2014
- Michael Day provides photographs and bibliography for Blandford Forum (St. Peter and St. Paul) on his Dorset Churches website
- You can search for churches in the local area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database.
- The Dorset History Centre hold the Parish Registers for Blandford Forum:
Baptisms: 1732-1969 Marriages: 1731-2010 Burials: 1732-1921 (DHC Ref: PE/BF)
- A description of Blandford Forum from the Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5 is available on the UK Genealogy Archives site