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Athelhampton, Dorset

Historical Description

Admiston or Athelhampton, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the river Piddle, 4 miles NW of Moreton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 6 NE of Dorchester. Post town, Piddletown. Acreage, 477; population of the civil parish, 71; of the ecclesiastical, with Burleston, 149. This place is said to have been at one time the principal residence of the kings of Wessex. The living is a rectory, united to the rectory of Burleston, in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £171. The church is Perpendicular English, and was built in 1860.

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-districtPuddletown 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1692. 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. John (parish church)

The parish church of St John, built in 1862 on a site presented by J. Wadham Floyer esq. is of stone in the Gothic style, and consists of chancel, nave, north porch and a western turret containing 2 bells: the east window and those on each side of the chancel are stained: there are 120 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Athelhampton was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Athelhampton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Athelhampton 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