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Folke, Dorset

Historical Description

Folke, a parish in Dorsetshire, 3 miles SSE of Sherborne town and station on the L. & S.W.R. It includes the hamlet of Alweston. Post town, Alweston under Sherborne. Acreage, 2120; population of the civil parish, 370; of the ecclesiastical, 327. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £195 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury and the Allford family alternately. The church was well restored in 1875.

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 parishFolke St. Lawrence 
Poor Law unionSherborne1835 -
Registration districtSherborne 
Registration sub-districtYetminster 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1538. 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 is a building of stone in the Jacobean style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, built in 1628, south porch and an embattled western tower of earlier date, with pinnacles, and containing 5 bells: the church was restored in 1875 at a cost of upward of £1,000, and affords sittings for 200 persons.

Civil Registration

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

Folke was in Sherborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Folke from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Folke 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.

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT9
Post TownSherborne