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Chilfroome, Dorset

Historical Description

Chilfroome, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the Roman road to Bath and on the river Frome, 1 mile NW of Maiden-Newton. station on the G.W.R. Post town, Dorchester; money order office, Cattistock; telegraph office, Maiden-Newton. Acreage, 971; population, 88. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £150. The church is small, and was restored 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 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishChilfroom Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtMaiden Newton 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1678. 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 Chilfrome, 1709-1812 is online.


Church of England

The Holy Trinity (parish church)

The parish church of the Holy Trinity is very small building of flint and stone, consisting of chancel, nave, and north porch with bell-cot: it was rebuilt in the 18th century and restored in 1864, and has 90 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Chilfrome was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Chilfroome from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Chilfroome 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.