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Chardstock, Dorset

Historical Description

Chardstock, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands on the river Kit, a tributary of the Axe, near the Yeovil and Exeter railway, between the Chard Road and Axminster stations, 3 miles SSW of Chard, under which it has a post office. Acreage, 5362; population, 1075. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £346 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1864.

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 - 1896
Ancient CountyDevonshire1896 -
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishChardstock St. Andrew 
HundredBeaminster Forum and Redborne 

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

Church Records

The parish register date from the year 1597, and are in excellent preservation.


Church of England

St. Andrew (parish church)

The church of St. Andrew, formerly only consisting of chancel and nave, was rebuilt and enlarged in 1864 by the addition of north aisle, south porch, organ chamber and vestry, a chapel and a western tower containing 7 bells and a clock, with Cambridge chimes; there are 6 bells in the peal, and an old bell, on which the clock strikes: the chancel, designed in the Early Decorated style, has a stained east window of three lancets, and a reredos of Caen stone: the north side is Early Decorated, and the south Perpendicular: there are sittings for 570 persons.

Civil Registration

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

Chardstock was in Axminster Registration District from 1837 to 1896 when it was wholly transferred to the county of Devon

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Chardstock from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Chardstock 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

Chardstock All Saints

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictEast Devon
RegionSouth West
Postal districtEX13
Post TownAxminster