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Haydon, Dorset

Historical Description

Haydon, a parish in Dorsetshire, adjacent to Somerset, 2 miles ESE of Sherborne station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Sherborne. Acreage, 468; population of the civil parish, 71; of the ecclesiastical, 80. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £130 with residence. The church was entirely rebuilt in 1883 on a new site. It is a small stone building in the Early English style, and contains a Saxon window, which is considered to be 900 years old.

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 parishHaydon St. Catherine 
Poor Law unionSherborne1835 -

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1711. 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

St. Catherine (parish church)

The parish church of St. Catherine, entirely rebuilt on a new site in 1883, at the expense of the late G. D. Wingfield Digby esq. is a building of stone, in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a small western turret containing one bell: the church is seated for 100 persons.

St Catherine, Church PhotoSt Catherine, Church Photo

Civil Registration

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

Haydon was in Sherborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Haydon from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Haydon 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 districtDT9
Post TownSherborne