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Bothenhampton, Dorset

Historical Description

Bothenhampton, a parish in Dorsetshire, adjacent to the river Brit, and 1 mile from Bridport station on the G.W.R. Post town, Bridport, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 837; population of the civil parish, 490; of the ecclesiastical, 493. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £97 with residence. The church is good.

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 parishBothenhampton Holy Trinity 
LibertyLothers and Bothenhampton 
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 1725. 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 Bothenhampton, 1636-1812 is online.


Church of England

Holy Trinity (parish church)

The new church of the Holy Trinity, standing on an eminence about a mile from West Bay, and erected in 1880, is a building in the Early English style, from designs by Mr Edward S. Prior, architect of London, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a turret containing one bell: the marble font was presented as a memorial to Henrietta Jane Brown, d. 1887: the stained east window is a memorial to Sir M.H. Nepean bart. d. 13 March, 1895, Lady Nepean, d. 17 March, 1895, and Mr Alderman Hounsell: there are sittings for 225.

Holy Trinity (parish church)

The old church of the Holy Trinity is a small but ancient edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle and an embattled tower, but is now used only as a mortuary chapel.

Civil Registration

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

Bothenhampton was in Bridport Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bothenhampton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Bothenhampton 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 districtDT6
Post TownBridport