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Bryanstone, Dorset

Historical Description

Bryanstone or Blandford-Bryan, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the river Stour, 1 mile from Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. It has a post office under Blandford, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 1644; population, 242. Bryanstone House here is the seat of Viscount Portman, is a large mansion after a design by Wyatt, has an octagonal staircase 30 feet in diameter, and stands in a park upwards of a mile long. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Durweston, in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £442. Patron, Viscount Portman.

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 parishBryanston St. Martin 
Poor Law unionBlandford1835 -
Registration districtBlandford 
Registration sub-districtBlandford 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1598. 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 old church of St. Martin is a small edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave and western bell turret containing one bell: beneath is a vault which has been the burial-place of the Portman family since 1764.

St. Martin (parish church)

The new church of St. Martin, erected in 1895-98 to the memory of the late Viscount and Viscountess Portman, from designs by Mr E.P. Warren, architect, of Westminster, is an edifice of Portland, Chilmark and Tisbury stone, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and a tower containing 6 bells. The ceiling is lined with the oak floor-boards from the old mansion; the chancel ceiling is waggon-vaulted and divided by ribs. The font is of Hopton Wood stone, on a shaft of Torquay marble. There are several stained windows, two of which are memorials to the late Viscountess Portman, and one to the late James John Forrester, of Paget's Horse, killed in South Africa, March 13th 1901. There are about 230 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Bryanston was in Blandford Registration District from 1837 to 1956 and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bryanstone from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Bryanstone 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.

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT11
Post TownBlandford Forum