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Marshwood, Dorset

Historical Description

Marshwood, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands on the river Char, 5 miles SW of Beaminster, and 5 from Chard Road station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Charmouth. Acreage of parish, 3530; population, 348. The Char's valley here bears the name of the Vale of Marshwood, and is a very rough country with cold stiff clay of the lias formation, but is noted for its large-sized oaks. There are two ancient camps. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Whitchurch Canonicorum, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church was rebuilt in 1884.

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 -
HundredWhitchurch Canonicorum 
Poor Law unionBeaminster1836 -
Registration districtBeaminster 
Registration sub-districtNetherbury 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1841. 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).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Marshwood, 1614-1673 is online


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary is a plain building of stone in the Gothic style, erected in 1841 and rebuilt in 1884, and consisting of nave of four bays, south aisle and an embattled north-western tower containing one bell, and will seat 180.

Civil Registration

Marshwood was in Beaminster Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Bridport Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Marshwood from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Marshwood 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.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT6
Post TownBridport