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Broadwindsor, Dorset

Historical Description

Broadwindsor, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands 3 miles WNW of Beaminster, and 6 S of Crewkerne station on the L. & S.W.R., and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Beaminster (R.S.O.) The parish includes also the tithings of Childhay, Dibberford, Drimpton, and Little Windsor. Acreage, 6303; population, 1105. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Blackdown, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £76 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is ancient, and has a tower; it was restored and almost rebuilt in 1868. There is also a Congregational chapel, and charities. Thomas Fuller, author of the " History of the Holy War" was vicar. The manufacture of sailcloth is carried on.

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 unionBeaminster1836 -
Registration districtBeaminster 
Registration sub-districtNetherbury 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages, and burials, dates from the year 1558, but there are some previous entries which are much decayed. The registers have been rebound and carefully restored, where possible, by experts at the Record Office, London. 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 Broadwinsor, 1563-1812 is online.


Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The parish church of St. John the Baptist is an ancient edifice of stone in the Norman, Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave of five bays with clerestory, aisles, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 6 bells, 5 rehung and the 6th bell added in 1897: the north aisle is Early English and the south aisle Norman: the tower is chiefly Perpendicular: the pulpit is a beautiful and curious structure of wood, of polygonal form, with a double row of panels, divided by a horizontal roll enriched with arabesque work of carved foliage, and at the angles dividing the panels are Perpendicular crocketed buttresses: this is the original pulpit used by the celebrated Thomas Fuller: the font is Norman, with top of Purbeck marble: and there is a stained window, erected in 1900 by Mrs. Stevens, of Blagdon, as a memorial to members of her family: in 1868 the church was restored and almost entirely rebuilt by the late Major Charles H. Malan, 75th Regiment, at a cost of upwards of £4,000, to whom the stained east window is a memorial: there are 320 sittings. Mr Pinney gave some ground for the enlargement of the churchyard in 1878.

Broadwindsor St John the BaptistNave of Broadwindsor St John the Baptist

Civil Registration

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

Broadwindsor was in Beaminster Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Bridport Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Broadwindsor from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Broadwindsor 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

Blackdown (Broadwinsor)

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT8
Post TownBeaminster