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Chaldon Herring, Dorset

Historical Description

Chaldon-Herring or East Chaldon, a parish in Dorsetshire, near the coast, 5 miles SW from Wool railway station, and 9¼ WSW of Wareham. It has a post office under Win-frith Newburg; money order and telegraph office, Winfrith Newburg. Acreage, 3095; population, 301. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £46. There is a coastguard station at White Nothe, commonly called White Nose.

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 parishChaldon-Herring St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionWareham and Purbeck1836 -
Registration districtWareham 
Registration sub-districtBere Regis 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1621. 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. Nicholas (parish church)

The parish church of St. Nicholas is a small building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, north porch, and an embattled western tower containing 3 bells: in 1879 the church was thoroughly restored and reseated with open benches; the pulpit, lectern, prayer desk, communion table and railings were designed and made by the Rev. William Gildea M.A. rector of Upwey, Dorchester: the ancient font, presumed to be Saxon, was replaced in the church about 1898: there are 160 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Chaldon Herring was in Wareham Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Poole Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Chaldon Herring from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Chaldon Herring 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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester