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Chedington, Dorset

Historical Description

Cheddington or Chedington, a parish in Dorsetshire, at the sources of the rivers Axe and Parret, 3½ miles N of Beaminster, and 4¼ SE of Crewkerne station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Crewkerne. Acreage, 785; population, 112. The land is high and hilly, and most of its eminences command superb views. Cheddington Court is the residence of the Peto family. The living is a rectory in the diocese-of Salisbury; value, £169. The church is modern, and in the Tudor style. Hare, the translator of Horace, was rector

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 -
HundredBeaminster Forum and Redborne 
Poor Law unionBeaminster1836 -
Registration districtBeaminster 
Registration sub-districtEvershot 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1756. 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 Cheddington, 1756-1812 is online


Church of England

St. James (parish church)

The parish church of St. James is a modern building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, vestry and a western turret containing one bell of the date 1610, which was taken from the old church: the church was restored in 1898 by Sir Henry Peto bart. when a new organ chamber, baptistery and south porch were erected, the church reseated and heating apparatus fixed under the direction of the late Mr. George Vialls F.R.I.B.A.: the stained windows (except the west window in the baptistery, of which Miss Creed, formerly of Cheddington, was the donor, in memory of her parents) have been given by Sir Henry and Lady Peto, the east window in 1889, in memory of their parents, and the north window in commemoration of Queen Victoria's reign: the old churchyard is now enclosed within the gardens of Chedington Court: there are 150 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Cheddington was in Beaminster Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Bridport Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Chedington from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Chedington 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.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT8
Post TownBeaminster