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Chalbury, Dorset

Historical Description

Chalbury, a parish in Dorsetshire, about 3 miles from the Roman road from Dorchester, 5 miles SW from Verwood station on the L. & S.W.R. and 5 north from Wimborne, under which it has a post office; money order and telegraph office, Witchampton. Acreage, 818; population of the civil parish, 147; of the ecclesiastical, 164. It includes Didling-ton tithing. Part of the land is high, has an ancient entrenchment, and commands a fine view to the sea. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £152 with residence. In 1886 a detached part of this village, known .as Uddens, was amalgamated with Wimborne Minster.

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 unionWimborne1835 - 1836
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne1836 -
Registration districtWimborne 
Registration sub-districtWimborne 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1629. 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

dedication unknown (parish church)

The church, sitting on a hill, is a building of flint and rubble, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a turret containing one bell: there are about 75 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Chalbury was in Wimborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937, Blandford Registration District from 1937 to 1956, and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Chalbury from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Chalbury 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.

DistrictEast Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH21
Post TownWimborne