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Hampreston, Dorset

Historical Description

Hampreston or Ham Chamberlayne, a parish in Dorsetshire and Hants, on the river Stour, 3 miles from Wimborne station on the L. & S.W.R. It includes the-hamlet of Longham, which has a post and money order office under Wimborne; telegraph office, Wimborne. Acreage,. 5351; population of the civil parish, 1608; of the ecclesiastical, 1625. The manor belonged to Aiulfus, the Conqueror's chamberlain. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £300 with residence. Patron, Lord Wimborne. The church is Decorated, with traces of earlier work, and a gallery was added in the early part of the 19th century. There are four dissenting chapels and a Roman Catholic convent.

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 
Ancient CountyHampshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishHampreston All Saints 
HundredWimbore St Giles 
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne 
Poor Law unionWimborne1835 - 1836
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne1836 -
Registration districtWimborne 
Registration sub-districtWimborne 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1617. 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 is an ancient edifice of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisle, north porch and an embattled western tower, containing 5 bells: in 1897 the church was reseated in oak, the organ restored, the bells recast, and an aisle built at a cost of £2,500: there are 300 sittings.

Civil Registration

Hampreston 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 Hampreston from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Hampreston 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