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Buckhorn Weston, Dorset

Historical Description

Buckhorn-Weston, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the verge of the county, 3½ miles WSW of Gillingham station on the L. & S.W.R., and 4 SE of Wincanton. It has a post office under Bath; money order and telegraph office, Sandley. Acreage, 1705; population, 491. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £273 with residence.

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 unionShaftesbury1894 -
Registration districtWincanton1837 - 1895
Registration districtShaftesbury1895 - 1937
Registration districtSturminster1937 - 1974
Registration sub-districtGillingham 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1677. 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. John the Baptist (parish church)

The parish church of St. John the Baptist is a building of stone, principally in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, north aisle, added in 1872, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, and containing 6 bells: there are the remains of a rood-loft and a tomb with recumbent male figure: the church was restored in 1872, and has sittings for 300 persons.

St. John the Baptist, Buckhorn Weston
St. John the Baptist, Buckhorn Weston

Civil Registration

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

Buckhorn Weston was in Wincanton Registration District from 1837 to 1895, Shaftesbury Registration District from 1895 to 1937, and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

For births, marriages, and deaths in Buckhorn Weston from 1837 to 1895 you should search for the Wincanton Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Buckhorn Weston from 1895 to 1937 you should search for the Shaftesbury Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Buckhorn Weston from 1937 to 1974 you should search for the Sturminster Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Buckhorn Weston from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Buckhorn Weston 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 districtSP8
Post TownGillingham