Chetnole, a township and chapelry in Yetminster parish, Dorsetshire, near the Roman road from Dorchester, 2 miles from Yetminster station on the G.W.R., and 6½ SSW of Sherborne. It has a post and telegraph office under Sherborne; money order office, Yetminster. Acreage, 732; population, 272. The living is a chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of Yetminster, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church is very old.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
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Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1827. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).
Church of England
St. Peter (parish church)
The parish church of St. Peter is a handsome stone building in the Third Pointed style, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, south porch, and embattled western tower with pinnacles with clock and 3 bells; the tower was rebuilt in the year 1580: the chancel and north aisle were added about 1860, and in 1897 the roof of the chancel was renewed and the bell cage repaired at a cost of £190: there are 230 sittings.
St. Peter, Chetnole
Chetnole was in Sherborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Chetnole from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Chetnole)
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.
Online maps of Chetnole are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.