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Godmanstone, Dorset

Historical Description

Godmanstone, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands on the river Cerne, 3 miles NE of Grimstone station on the G.W.R., 2¼ S by E of Cerne Abbas, and 5 from Dorchester, and has a post office under Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Cerne. Acreage of parish, 1172; population, 159. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £180 with residence. The church is partly Norman, chiefly Perpendicular, with a tower and four bells, and has been repaired.

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 parishGodmanstone Holy Trinity 
HundredCerne Totcombe Modbury 
Poor Law unionCerne1835 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtCerne 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1654. 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 Godmanstone, 1654-1812 is online


Church of England

The Holy Trinity (parish church)

The parish church of the Holy Trinity is a small building of stone, in the Norman and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western tower, with pinnacles, containing 4 bells: there are four stained windows, inc1uding a memorial window to the Rev, J. Goodenough, a former rector: the church has been restored and reseated since 1861 and affords 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Godmanston was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1949, and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Godmanstone from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Godmanstone 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