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Lytchett Matravers, Dorset

Historical Description

Lytchett Matravers, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands on a hill, 4 miles from Hamworthy Junction station on the L. & S.W.R., 3 from Bailey Gate station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway, and 6¼NW of Poole. It commands a fine view, and has a post and money order office under Poole; telegraph office at Bailey Gate station. Acreage of parish, 3413; population, 753. Under the Local Government Act, 1894, it has nine parish councillors. The manor belonged once to the Matravers family, and belongs now to the Dillon-Trenchard family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £350 with residence. Patron, Wadham College, Oxford. The church is ancient but good, and contains a monument to Lord Matravers, and several other monuments. There are Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels.

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 parishLytchett-Matravers St. Mary 
Poor Law unionPoole1835 -
Registration districtPoole 
Registration sub-districtLytchett 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1656. 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 church of St. Mary is an ancient building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles containing 6 bells; a vestry and organ chamber were added in 1876 and the chancel was restored in 1873; there is a canopied altar tomb of Purbeck marble, with matrices of former brass effigies, and 4 memorial brasses, one of which is in memory of Thomas Fuller Toovey, in whose memory also the bells were rehung: one of the old brasses fixes the date of the rebuilding of the present edifice in 1505: there are 220 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Lytchett Matravers was in Poole Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Lytchett Matravers from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Lytchett Matravers 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 districtBH16
Post TownPoole