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Chetnole, Dorset

Historical Description

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.

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 
Civil parishYetminster 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Poor Law unionSherborne1835 -
Registration districtSherborne 
Registration sub-districtYetminster 

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

Church Records

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 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
St. Peter, Chetnole

Civil Registration

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:

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:

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 districtDT9
Post TownSherborne