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Bradpole, Dorset

Historical Description

Bradpole, a parish in Dorsetshire, 1 mile NE of Bridport station on the G.W.R. Post town, Bridport, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 1007; population, 1641. The living is a vicarage, united with the chapelry of St Andrew, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £189 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The parish church is in the Early English style, and consists of nave, North aisle, chancel, vestry, and tower, with spire. St Andrew's Chapel is in the Early Decorated style. The Bridport workhouse is In Bradpole. There is a village reading-room and library.

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 parishBradpole Holy Trinity 
HundredBeaminster Forum and Redborne 
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 1695. 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 Bradpole, 1695-1812 is online.


Church of England

Holy Trinity (parish church)

The parish church of the Holy Trinity, rebuilt in 1845-6, is an edifice of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch, and a tower with spire containing 8 bells: the carved stone pulpit was given by Alexander M. Broadley esq. in 1888: all the windows are stained and include two erected as memorials to the late Canon Broadley, vicar 1844-94: there are brasses to the late Mrs. Broadley and W.A. Hart esq. M.V.O.: the vestry was built in 1897, from the designs by Mr C.E. Ponting F.S.A. to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria, and in the same year a wrought iron and bronze chancel screen was erected, and the chancel arch and chancel decorated with mural paintings, executed at a total cost of £1,400, defrayed by A.M. Broadley esq.

Civil Registration

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

Bradpole was in Bridport Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bradpole from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Bradpole 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