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Farnham, Dorset

Historical Description

Farnham, a parish in Dorsetshire, near the boundary with Wiltshire, 7 miles WNW of Cranbome, and 8 NE by N of Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorsetshire railway. It has a post office under Salisbury; money order office, Handley; telegraph office, Cranborne. Acreage, 1421; population of the civil parish, 301; of the ecclesiastical, 108. Farnham Tollard, formerly a tithing in this parish, was amalgamated with the parish in 1885. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, c6105 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is a building of stone in mixed styles. The chancel was restored in 1886.

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 unionCranborne1835 - 1836
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne1836 - 1894
Poor Law unionBlandford1894 -
Registration districtBlandford 
Registration sub-districtBlandford 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1737. 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. Laurence (parish church)

The parish church of St. Laurence, a building of rubble and stone in mixed styles, consists of chancel, nave, north aisle, and an embattled tower, with pinnacles, containing 2 bells: the entrance is through the base of the tower: in 1886 the chancel was rebuilt, in the Gothic style, at a cost of about £450, in memory of Mrs. Grace Keay Lee, to whom a tablet has been erected: there are 150 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Farnham was in Wimborne Registration District from 1837 to 1895, Blandford Registration District from 1895 to 1956, and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Farnham from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Farnham 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 districtDT11
Post TownBlandford Forum