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East Stour, Dorset

(East Stower)

Historical Description

Stower, East, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2½ miles SSW of Gillingham station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Gillingham; money order and telegraph office, Gillingham. Acreage, 1786; population, 444. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to Gillingham. The church is good. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels and a temperance hall. Fielding was for some time a resident.

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 unionShaftesbury1836 -
Registration districtShaftesbury1837 - 1937
Registration districtSturminster1937 - 1974
Registration sub-districtGillingham 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1584. 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 Stower, 1584-1812 is online


Church of England

Christ Church (parish church)

The parish church of Christ Church, rebuilt on the old site in 1841, is a cruciform edifice of stone in the Norman style, and consists of chancel, nave, transepts, north porch and an embattled central tower containing 3 bells; the east window and six smaller windows are stained: there are 300 sittings.

Christ Church, East Stower

Civil Registration

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

East Stour was in Shaftesbury Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

For births, marriages, and deaths in East Stour from 1837 to 1937 you should search for the Shaftesbury Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in East Stour from 1937 to 1974 you should search for the Sturminster Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for East Stour from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of East Stour 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.

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtSP8
Post TownGillingham