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Broadway, Dorset

Historical Description

Broadway, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands on the river Wey, and has a station on the G.W.R., 140 miles from London, and 2½ N by W of Weymouth. The parish includes also Little Moor hamlet and part of Nottingham hamlet. It has a post and money order office under Dorchester; telegraph office, Upway. Acreage, 1051; population, 774. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Bincombe, in the diocese of Salisbury; gross. united value, £337 with residence. Patrons, the Master and Fellows of Caius College, Cambridge. The church is good, and was restored in 1874. A temperance hall was erected in 1879, with 120 sittings and reading and coffee rooms attached. There is also a small Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishBroadway St. Nicholas 
HundredCulliford Tree 
Poor Law unionWeymouth1836 -
Registration districtWeymouth 
Registration sub-districtUpway 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1661. 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. Nicholas (parish church)

The parish church of St. Nicholas is an edifice of stone, chiefly in the Decorated style, and consists of chancel with aisle, clerestoried nave, north aisle, south porch and a western turret containing 2 bells: the doorways and fonts are Norman, and the oak pulpit Elizabethan: the church was enlarged in 1874 by the addition of a chancel aisle, and in 1902 a south aisle was added and a new organ erected; there are now sittings for 405 persons: in the churchyard is a monument containing two portrait medallions by the celebrated sculptor F.C. Bunyard esq. in memory of his daughter and brother-in-law.

Civil Registration

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

Broadway was in Weymouth Registration District from 1837 to 1933

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Broadway from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Broadway 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

Little Moor

Visitations Heraldic

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