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Winterbourne Anderstone, Dorset

Historical Description

Anderson or Winterbourne-Anderstone, a parish in Dorset, on an affluent of the river Stour, 7 miles S of Blandford, and 5 from Bailey Gate station on the Somerset and Dorset railway. Acreage, 597; population, 66. Post town, Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Bere Regis. The chief residence is Anderson House. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £90.

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 -
Ecclesiastical parishAnderston St. Michael 
HundredCoombs Ditch 
Poor Law unionBlandford1835 -
Registration districtBlandford 
Registration sub-districtMilton Abbas 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1650. 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 (parish church)

The church of St. Michael, having fallen into decay, was rebuilt in 1889 in the later Early English style in accordance with the original design: it consists of chancel, nave, south transept and a western turret containing 2 bells.

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 Winterbourne Anderstone from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Winterbourne Anderstone 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.