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Long Bredy, Dorset

Historical Description

Bredy, Long, or Longbredy, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the Downs, near the source of the Bredy stream, 4 miles from Abbotsbury station on the G.W.R., and 8 W of Dorchester. It includes the hamlet of Upper Kingston. It lias a post office under Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Abbotsbury. Acreage, 2153; population of the civil parish, 215; of the ecclesiastical, with Littlebredy, 469. The living is a rectory, united with the perpetual curacy of Littlebredy, in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £380 with residence. The church is good. There is also a Primitive Methodist chapel.

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 parishLong Bredy St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtMaiden Newton 

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

Church Records

The register dates regularly from the year 1649, but retains some leaves from 1628. 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. Peter (parish church)

The parish church of St. Peter is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, south porch and a tower containing 4 bells; it was thoroughly restored in 1863, and has 250 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Long Bredy was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Long Bredy from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Long Bredy 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

Kingston Russell
Upper Kingston (Long Bredy)

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester