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Halstock, Dorset

Historical Description

Halstock, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands near the boundary with Somerset, 5½ miles SSW of Yeovil, and 2 from Sutton Bingham station on the L. & S.W.R., and it has a post office under Yeovil; money order office, Corscombe; telegraph office. North Coker. The parish comprises 3216 acres; population, 400. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £350 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church was rebuilt in 1846, and has a tower.

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 parishHalstock St. Mary 
HundredHalstock Liberty 
Poor Law unionBeaminster1836 -
Registration districtBeaminster 
Registration sub-districtEvershot 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1693. 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 Halstock, 1698-1812 is online.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary, rebuilt and enlarged in 1846, is of stone in the Gothic style, and consists of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells: the stained east window is a memorial to Mary Russell Meredith, wife of the Rev. R. F. Meredith M.A. (vicar 1843-70 and rector 1870-94), and was erected in 1874: there are 350 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Halstock was in Beaminster Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Bridport Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Halstock from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Halstock 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 districtBA22
Post TownYeovil