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Dewlish, Dorset

Historical Description

Dewlish, a parish, which is also a liberty, in Dorset, on an affluent of the river Piddle, near a Roman way, and 8 miles from Dorchester station on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Dorchester, and is within 2 miles of Milborne St Andrew, which is the money order office; telegraph office, Piddletown. Acreage, 2134; population, 396. Dewlish House is the seat of the Michel family. A Roman pavement was found in the parish in 1740, and Roman coins and other relics have been found in a neighbouring double-ditched camp of 7 acres. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Milborne St Andrew, in the diocese of Salisbury; joint net value, £145. The church is good; it was restored and enlarged in 1879. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 parishDewlish All Saints 
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtPuddletown 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1616. 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

All Saints (parish church)

The parish church of All Saints is an ancient building of stone in mixed styles, but principally Early English, and comprises chancel, with north aisle (erected in 1879), nave, aisles, north porch, and an embaltled western tower containing 3 bells: the church was restored in 1872, when the south aisle was added: in the north aisle is a monument to Field Marshall Sir John Michel G.C.B. (d. 1886). erected by friends in the army and the country: there are 280 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Dewlish 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 Dewlish from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Dewlish 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 districtDT2
Post TownDorchester