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Alderholt, Dorset

Historical Description

Alderholt, a tithing and a chapelry in Cranborne parish, Dorset. The tithing lies on the verge of the county, 4½ miles E of Cranborne, and 5½ N of Ringwood railway station, and has a post office under Salisbury; money order office, Fordingbridge; telegraph office, Daggens Road (R.S.) Population, 696. The chapelry includes the tithing, but is larger, and was constituted in 1849. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £123. The church was built by the Marquis of Salisbury.

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.

Civil parishCranborne - 1894
Civil parishAlderholt1894 -
County Court districtWimborne 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishCranborne St. Mary & St. Bartholemew - 1849
Ecclesiastical parishAlderholt St. James1849 -
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne1894 -
Registration sub-districtCranborne1837 - 1911

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

Census Records

We have transcribed the complete 1901 census return for Alderholt.

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials for Alderholt begins in 1849. 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).
Cranborne should be consulted for records prior to 1849.


The parish church of St James, Alderholt, at Daggans, erected by the Marquess of Salisbury, is a building of local sandstone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, western porch, and a turret containing one bell: there are 150 sittings.

Civil Registration

Alderholt was included in Wimborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937, Blandford Registration District from 1937 to 1956, and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Alderholt from the following:


Alderholt, Daggons, Crendell, and Cripplestyle were formed into an ecclesiastical district 14 November 1849 (St. James, Alderholt)

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Alderholt 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.

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictEast Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtSP6
Post TownFordingbridge