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Littlebredy, Dorset

Historical Description

Bredy, Little, or Littlebredy, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the Downs, at the source of the Bredy stream, 2½ miles from Abbotsbury station on the G.W.R., and 6½ W by S of Dorchester, under which it has a post office; money order office, Winterbourne Abbas; telegraph office, Abbotsbury. Acreage, 1613; population, 193. Stone is quarried. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Long Bredy, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church is good.

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 -
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtMaiden Newton 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1717. 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. Michael and All Angels (parish church)

The parish church of St. Michael and All Angels is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south transept, south porch and a central tower containing a clock and 6 bells; there are 150 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Littlebredy from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Littlebredy 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.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester