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Margaret Marsh, Dorset

Historical Description

Margaret Marsh, a parish in Dorsetshire, 4 miles NE of Sturminster Newton station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, and 4 SW of Shaftesbury. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Shaftesbury. Acreage, 552; population of the civil parish, 60; of the ecclesiastical, 226. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of East Orchard, in the diocese of Salisbury; joint net value, £210. Patron, the Vicar of Iwerne Minster. The church is a small building, and was rebuilt in 1873.

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 parishMargaret-Marsh St. Margaret 
HundredSturminster Newton Castle 
Poor Law unionShaftesbury1836 -
Registration districtShaftesbury1837 - 1937
Registration districtSturminster1937 - 1974
Registration sub-districtFontmell 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1563. 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. Margaret (parish church)

The parish church of St. Margaret, rebuilt (with the exception of the tower) in 1873, at a cost of £800, is an edifice in the Early Decorated style, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower, containing 4 bells: there are sittings for 80 persons.

Civil Registration

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

Margaret Marsh was in Shaftesbury Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

For births, marriages, and deaths in Margaret Marsh from 1837 to 1937 you should search for the Shaftesbury Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Margaret Marsh from 1937 to 1974 you should search for the Sturminster Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Margaret Marsh from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Margaret Marsh 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 districtSP7
Post TownShaftesbury