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Iwerne Steepleton, Dorset

Historical Description

Iwerne Steepleton or Preston, a small village in Dorsetshire, on the rivulet Iwerne, 2½ miles E of Shillingstone station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, and 3½ NW of Blandford Forum. Post town, Iwerne Minster. A stud farm is situated at this place for the rearing of thoroughbred horses.

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 -
Poor Law unionBlandford1835 -

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1755. 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. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary is a small edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel and nave, without either tower or steeple: there is a Norman chancel arch: the chancel retains a piscina and there are four stained windows, two of which are memorials to Horace 6th and last Baron Rivers, who died 31 March, 1880: there are 60 sittings.

Civil Registration

Iwerne Steepleton was in Blandford Registration District from 1837 to 1956 and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Iwerne Steepleton 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.