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Gussage All Saints, Dorset

Historical Description

Gussage All Saints, a parish in Dorsetshire, 4½ miles WSW of Cranborne, and 5 from Verwood station on the L. & S.W.R. It includes Mannington hamlet, and has a post office, of the name of Gussage, under Salisbury; money order and telegraph office, St Giles. Acreage, 2473; population of the civil parish, 354; of the ecclesiastical, 413. The land is mostly arable. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £260 with residence. Patron, the Archdeacon of Dorset. There is a national school.

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 parishGussage All Saints 
Poor Law unionCranborne1835 - 1836
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne1836 -
Registration districtWimborne 
Registration sub-districtCranborne 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1560. 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

All Saints (parish church)

The parish church of All Saints, a building of flint and stone in the Early Decorated style, consists of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled tower, with crocketed pinnacles, containing a clock provided in 1902, and 5 bells, a new bell being added in 1895: the tower was restored in 1902; a stained window was erected in 1909 to the memory of the Rev. Charles Richard William Waldy, vicar here in 1857: the chalice dates from the reign of Queen Elizabeth : the church was restored about 1865, and affords 270 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Gussage All Saints was in Wimborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937, Blandford Registration District from 1937 to 1956, and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Gussage All Saints from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Gussage All Saints 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.

DistrictEast Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH21
Post TownWimborne