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Fortuneswell, Dorset

Historical Description

Fortuneswell, a village in Portland parish, Dorsetshire, 1 mile from Portland station on the G.W.R., and 1½ miles S of Weymouth. It stands connected with Chesilton, occupies higher ground, has a post, money order, and telegraph office, and a good inn, and takes its name from a spring on a height behind the inn, 200 feet above sea-level. This height rises altogether to an altitude of 490 feet, and commands a splendid panoramic view inclusive of the Chesil Bank.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -

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

Church Records

The register of St. John the Baptist dates from the year 1839. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).


Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist, was erected in 1839, and a district was assigned to it in 1840: it is an edifice of Portland stone, in the Norman style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles and an embattled western tower, containing a clock and 2 bells: there are 500 sittings.

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Fortuneswell are available from a number of sites:

DistrictWeymouth and Portland
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT5
Post TownPortland