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Lydlinch, Dorset

Historical Description

Lydlinch, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the Lyd, an affluent of the river Stour, 3 miles WSW of Sturminster station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Sturminster Newton. Acreage, including Stock Gaylard, 3398; population of the civil parish, 382; of the ecclesiastical, 326. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £560 with residence.

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 parishLydlinch 
County Court districtShaftesbury 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishLydlinch St. Thomas à Beckett 
HundredSturminster Newton 
Poor Law unionSturminster1835 -
Registration districtSturminster 
Registration sub-districtStalbridge 

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

Census Records

We have transcribed the 1871, 1881 and 1901 census returns for Lydlinch. Other years will be coming soon.

Church Records

The Registers of Lydlinch 1559-1812 are available to browse online.

We have transcribed the Marriages at Lydlinch from 1837-1919.

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1559. 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. Thomas à Becket, Holebrook Lane (parish church)

The parish church of St Thomas à Becket is a small edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, of two bays, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 5 bells: there are 130 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Lydlinch was in Sturminster Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Lydlinch from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Lydlinch 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.

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT10
Post TownSturminster Newton