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Burton Bradstock, Dorset

Historical Description

Burton-Bradstock, a parish in Dorsetshire, lying on the river Bredy and on the coast, 3 miles SSE of Bridport railway station, and including the tithing of Sturthill. It has a post office under Bridport, which is the money order office; telegraph office, West Bay. Acreage, 2746; population of the civil parish, 889; of the ecclesiastical, with Shipton George, 1207. Cliffs on the coast consist of fuller's earth. The vale of the Bredy here is beautiful. There are flax-mills and a twine-factory, also a coastguard station. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Shipton George, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £261 with residence. There is also a 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 parishBurton-Bradstock St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBridport1836 -
Registration districtBridport 
Registration sub-districtBurton Bradstock 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1614. 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 Burton Bradstock with Shipton Gorge, 1614-1812 is online


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary is an ancient building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, north porch, and an embattled central tower, containing a clock and 5 bells: the church was thoroughly restored and reseated and the south aisle entirely rebuilt in 1897, at a cost of £1,750, under the superintendence of Mr E.S. Prior, architect. The clock, formerly belonging to Christ's Hospital, Newgate street, London, was placed as a memorial to the late Queen Victoria in 1902.

Civil Registration

Burton Bradstock was in Bridport Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Burton Bradstock from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Burton Bradstock 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


Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT6
Post TownBridport