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Longfleet, Dorset

Historical Description

Longfleet, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in Canford Magna parish, Dorsetshire. The township lies averagely 1 mile NNE of Poole town and station on the L. & S.W.B., and includes part of that town and of the harbour. It has a post and money order office under Poole; telegraph office, Poole. Acreage, 1265; population of the township, 2750; of the ecclesiastical parish, 2972. The Poole Workhouse is here. The manor belongs to Lord Wimborne. The parish is more extensive than the township, and was constituted in 1836. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £179. Patron, Lord Wimborne. The church is modern, and was built chiefly by public subscription.

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 
Civil parishCanford Magna 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Poor Law unionPoole1835 -
Registration districtPoole 
Registration sub-districtPoole 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1833. 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 old church of St. Mary was erected in 1833. In 1914-15 the church was rebuilt of Purbeck stone with Bath stone dressings, at a cost of £5,600; the church consists of chancel, nave, aisles and a tower containing 6 bells and a clock, the latter being a memorial to the Rev. J. L. Williams, vicar here for 23 years, who died in 1893: there are 14 stained windows, including one to the late Ald. Henry Burden, 22 years churchwarden of the parish, and many years a member of the Town Council of Poole, and there are other memorial windows: the reredos, erected in 1895, was the gift of Mrs. Williams, and in 1903 a handsomely carved oak pulpit was presented by Mr. James Clark: there are 750 sittings: an acre of land, presented by Lord Wimborne, was added to the churchyard in 1886.

Civil Registration

Longfleet was in Poole Registration District from 1837 to 1905

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Longfleet from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Longfleet 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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH15
Post TownPoole