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Askerswell, Dorset

Historical Description

Askerswell, a parish in Dorset, on the Asker, an affluent of the river Brid, 2 miles from Powerstock station on the G.W.R., and 5 from Bridport, under which it has a post office, and at which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 1724; population of the civil parish, 230; of the ecclesiastical, 194. The surface is a pleasant valley surrounded by hills. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £140. The church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1858, but has a tower which belonged to a previous edifice.

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 parishAskerswell St. Michael 
Poor Law unionBridport1836 -
Registration districtBridport 
Registration sub-districtBurton Bradstock 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1558. 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).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Askerswell, 1560-1812 is online


Church of England

St. Michael (parish church)

The parish church of St Michael is a stone edifice in the Perpendicular style, and consists of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 5 bells, one of which was added in 1747, and two were recast in 1886: on the base of the tower is an ancient stone carved with a representation of the "Crucifixion:" with the exception of the tower the whole structure was rebuilt in 1858: the font is Norman: in 1897 a brass cross for the alter table was presented by Mrs Bryan in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria: there are 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Askerswell was in Bridport Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Askerswell from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Askerswell 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