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Bishops Caundle, Dorset

(Caundle Bishop)

Historical Description

Caundle Bishop or Bishops Caundle, a parish in Dorsetshire, 5 miles SE by E of Milborne Port railway station, and 5 SE of Sherborne. It includes Caundle Wake tithing and Bishopsdown hamlet, and has a post and money order office of the name of Bishops Caundle under Sherborne; telegraph office, Stalbridge. Acreage, 956; population of the civil parish, 272; of the ecclesiastical, 325. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £210. The church is old, and has a tower.

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 unionSherborne1835 -
Registration districtSherborne 
Registration sub-districtYetminster 

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

Census Records

We have transcribed the complete 1901 census return for Caundle Bishop . Other years will be coming soon.

Church Records

We have a full transcript of The Registers of Caundle Bishop, 1570-1814 online

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1570. 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

dedication unknown (parish church)

The church (dedication unknown) is an edifice in the Perpendicular style, with an Early English chancel, and consists of chancel, nave of three bays, aisle, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing a clock and 4 bells: the church has 150 sittings.

Bishop's Caundle parish church
Bishop's Caundle parish church

Civil Registration

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

Bishops Caundle was in Sherborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bishops Caundle from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Bishops Caundle 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

Caundle Wake

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT9
Post TownSherborne