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Bradford Peverell, Dorset

Historical Description

Bradford-Peverell, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands on the river Frome, under Bradford-Down, near the Roman road to Ilchester, 3 miles NW by W of Dorchester station on the L. & S.W.R. and G.W.R. It has a post office under Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Charminster. Acreage of parish, 2254; population, 368. The parish includes also the hamlet of Muckleford. Roman antiquities have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £113 with residence. Patron, Winchester College. The church is modern. Gothic, and contains specimens of 13th century glass.

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 parishBradford-Peverell St. Mary 
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtMaiden Newton 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1653. 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, standing in the centre of the village, and rebuilt in 1850, in the Early English style, is an edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and an embattled western tower with spire containing 5 bells, rehung and two new bells added in 1897: one of the windows bears the arms and motto of Bishop William of Wykeham: there is also some old glass in the chancel, and the east window is mostly filled with ancient glass brought from New College, Oxford: there are two memorial windows to members of the Middleton family, one to Lieut. Edward Williams, who fell in the Soudan war, and another to Capt. FitzRoy; there are also tablets to the Rev. Middleton Onslow and the Rev. H. Blackstone Williams, former rectors, and one to members of the Onslow family: the church affords 190 sittings.

St. Mary, Bradford Peverell
St. Mary, Bradford Peverell
St. Mary, Bradford Peverell
St. Mary, Bradford Peverell

Civil Registration

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

Bradford Peverell 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 Bradford Peverell from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Bradford Peverell 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


Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester