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Hinton St Mary, Dorset

Historical Description

Hinton St Mary, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands near the river Stour, 1½ mile N of Sturminster Newton station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, and has a post office under Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Sturminster Newton. Acreage of parish, 1069; population, 252. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £240 with residence. Patron, the Vicar of Iwerne Minster. The church is good, and has a tower and some very old monuments. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel and charities.

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 -
HundredSturminster Newton Castle 
Poor Law unionSturminster1835 -
Registration districtSturminster 
Registration sub-districtSturminster 

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

Census Records

We have transcribed the 1891 and 1901 census returns for Hinton St. Mary

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1581. 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).

We have transcribed the Marriages at Hinton St. Mary, 1837-1921


Church of England

St. Peter (parish church)

The parish church of St. Peter, rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1846, is an edifice in the Perpendicular style, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 2 bells: there is a monument to the Freke family, dated 1655: the church affords 140 sittings.

St. Peter, Hinton St Mary Nave of St. Peter, Hinton St Mary

Monument to Thomas Freke Monument to Rachel Castleman Monument to John, William and Anne Castleman

Civil Registration

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

Hinton St. Mary was in Sturminster Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hinton St Mary from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Hinton St Mary 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.

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT10
Post TownSturminster Newton