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Broad Mayne, Dorset

Historical Description

Broad Mayne or Main-Martel, a parish in Dorsetshire, 4 miles SE of Dorchester, under which it has a post, money order, and telegraph office. Acreage, 997; population, 479. The living is a rectory annexed to the rectory of West Knighton in the diocese of Salisbury. The church is dedicated to St Martin. There is also a Wesleyan chapel. The industry is chiefly agricultural; there are also brickfields in the parish.

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 unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtPuddletown 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1663. 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. Martin (parish church)

The parish church of St. Martin, standing in the centre of the village, is a building of stone in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, north aisle and south tower containing one bell: the entrance is through the base of the tower: there are 190 sittings.
Broad Mayne St. Martin
Photo © Emma Batty-Smith

Civil Registration

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

Broad Mayne 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 Broad Mayne from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Broad Mayne 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 districtDT2
Post TownDorchester


West Knighton