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Blandford St Mary, Dorset

Historical Description

Blandford-St-Mary, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the river Stour, ½ a mile S of Blandford-Forum. Post town, Blandford, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 1895; population of civil parish, 375; of the ecclesiastical, 359. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £218 with residence. Patron, Worcester College, Oxford. The church contains a monument erected by Governor Pitt, grandfather of the great Earl of Chatham, to the memory of his father, some time rector of the parish. Dr Brown Willis the antiquary was a native.

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 parishBlandford St. Mary 
HundredCoombs Ditch 
Poor Law unionBlandford1835 -
Registration districtBlandford 
Registration sub-districtBlandford 

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

Census Records

We have transcribed the complete 1901 census return for Blandford St Mary . Other years will be coming soon.

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1581. 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. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St Mary, a building of flint and stone in the Mixed style, consists of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, north transept, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 3 bells: there are several stained windows: the church was repaired, reseated, a north aisle and vestry erected and an east window inserted in 1862, and the chancel was restored in 1886: in 1909 a new organ chamber and organ were presented, and in 1911 new altar rails were given in memory of Mrs A.C. Woodhouse: the altar panelling was provided in memory of the Rev. W. Chambers M.A. rector 1881-1907: there are 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Blandford St. Mary was in Blandford Registration District from 1837 to 1956 and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Blandford St Mary from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Blandford St Mary 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.

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT11
Post TownBlandford Forum