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East Chelborough, Dorset

Historical Description

Chelborough, East, or Lewcombe, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the Roman road from Dorchester, at the verge of the county, 3 miles from Sutton-Bingham station on the L. & S.W.R., and 6¼ NE of Beaminster. Post town, Ever-shot. Acreage, 967; population, 76. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury, amalgamated with West Chelborough; net value, £155 with residence.

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 -
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 1682. 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 East Chelborough, 1690-1812 is online


Church of England

not dedicated (parish church)

The church (not dedicated) is a small but ancient edifice of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave and a small western turret containing one bell: there are 50 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

East Chelborough 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 East Chelborough from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of East Chelborough 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