Arne, a parish in Dorset, on the W side of Poole harbour, 4 miles E of Wareham station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Wareham. Acreage, 2668, with 2209 of water and foreshore; population, 123. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of Wareham, in the diocese of Salisbury.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Civil parish||Holy Trinity Wareham|
|Poor Law union||Wareham and Purbeck||1836 -|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1762. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).
Church of England
St. Nicholas (parish church)
The parish church of St Nicholas is a small but ancient edifice of sandstone, in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a western bell cote containing one bell: there are 60 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Arne was in Wareham Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Poole Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Arne from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Arne)
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.
Online maps of Arne are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.