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Frome Vauchurch, Dorset

Historical Description

Frome Vauchurch, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the river Frome, 1 mile from Maiden Newton station on the G.W.R., and 5½ miles WNW of Cerne Abbas. Post town, Dorchester. Acreage, 488; population of the civil parish, 142; of the ecclesiastical, 265. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Batcombe, in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £250 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Sandwich. The church is very small, and was repaired in 1879.

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 unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtMaiden Newton 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1642. 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 Frome Vauchurch, 1667-1812 is online.


Church of England

dedication unknown (parish church)

The parish church, name unknown, is a small but ancient edifice of flint and rubble, in the Early English style, comprising chancel, nave, south porch, and a western turret containing one bell: the communion plate includes a chalice and cover, dated 1574: the church was repaired in 1879 and affords 60 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Frome Vauchurch 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 Frome Vauchurch from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Frome Vauchurch 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.