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Long Crichel, Dorset

Historical Description

Critchell, Long, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the Roman road from Old Sarum, 6 miles WSW of Cranborne, and 6 from Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorset railway. It has a post office under Salisbury; money order and telegraph office, Witchampton. Acreage, 2018; population of the civil parish, 156; of the ecclesiastical, 538. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Critchell-Moore, in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £174; with residence. Patron, Lord Alington.

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 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 register dates from the year 1663. 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, a building of stone in the Decorated style, restored in 1852, at an expense of upwards of £4,000, by the late H.C. Sturt esq. consists of apsidal chancel, nave, transepts, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles containing 6 bells: there is an ancient brass: the church affords 160 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Long Crichel 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 Long Crichel from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Long Crichel 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