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Horton, Dorset

Historical Description

Horton, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands 4¼ miles SSW of Cranborne, 6 NNE of Wimborne, and 3½ from Verwood station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Wimborne; money order and telegraph office, Witchampton. Acreage of the civil parish, 2761; population, 397; of the ecclesiastical, 813. The manor belongs to the Earl of Shaftesbury, A Benedictine priory, a cell to Sherborne Abbey, was founded at Horton in 970 by Orgar. A circular trench, several barrows, and traces of a chapel, are here. The living is a vicarage, united with that of Woodlands, in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £150 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Shaftesbury. The church was rebuilt in 1720 and is a peculiarly-shaped structure, with a spire.

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 parishHorton St. Wolfrida 
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 1563. 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. Wolfhilda (parish church)

The parish church of St. Wolfhilda is an edifice of brick and stone, consisting of chancel, nave, vestry and a tower, with spire, containing one bell: the tombs include one to Sir Giles de Braose, d. 1305, and his wife : in the vestry is a monument to the Hon. Henry Hastings, second son of George, 4th Earl of Huntingdon, d. Oct. 5, 1650, and Dorothy, his wife. d. Dec. 4, 1658: the organ and choir stalls were added in 1891: the chalice and paten date from 1610: there are 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Horton 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 Horton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Horton 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.

DistrictEast Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH21
Post TownWimborne