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Cann, Dorset

Historical Description

Cann, or Shaston-St-Rumbold, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the verge of the county, adjoining Shaftesbury, and 4½ miles SSE of Semley railway station. Post town, Shaftesbury, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 987; population, 501. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £200. Patron, the Earl of Shaftesbury. There are two Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 parishCann St. Rumbold 
HundredSixpenny Handley 
Poor Law unionShaftesbury1836 -
Registration districtShaftesbury 
Registration sub-districtShaftesbury 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1563. 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. Rumbold (parish church)

The parish church of St. Rumbold, rebuilt upon the old site in 1840, is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave and an embattled western tower containing 4 bells: the stained east window was given by the late Edwin Thomas, formerly of this parish: there is a monument to the Rev. William Rigden B.A. a former rector, d. 26 May, 1870, and his son, William Gregson Rigden, and other memorials to the Bowles family, of the 18th century: in the chancel is a stained window to the memory of Mark Butt; the font dates from the 12th century: a carved oak lectern was presented in 1907 by the parishioners and friends at a cost of £25, in memory of the Rev. William Darby, rector of this parish 1878-1906: the church was renovated in 1910 at a cost of about £1,000: there are sittings for 230 persons.

Civil Registration

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

Cann was in Shaftesbury Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Cann from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Cann 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 districtSP7
Post TownShaftesbury