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Minterne Magna, Dorset

Historical Description

Mintern Magna, a parish in Dorsetshire, at the source of the river Cerne, 2½ miles N of Cerne Abbas, and 5 E by N of Evershot station on the G.W.R., with a post office under Cerne; money order and telegraph office, Cerne. It includes the hamlets of Hartley and Tiley, and the tithing of Middlemarsh. Acreage, 2206; population, 339. The parish council consists of seven members. Mintern House is the seat of Lord Digby. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £100 with residence. Patron, Lord Alington. The church of St Andrew has been restored, has a tower, and contains monuments to the Napiers and Churchills.

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 -
Poor Law unionCerne1835 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtCerne 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1635. 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. Andrew (parish church)

The parish church of St. Andrew is a plain building of stone, In the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing a clock and 8 tubular bells: the chancel and north aisle were restored by the late H. C. Sturt esq.: in 1894 the tower was restored and heightened, and in 1897 the church was entirely reseated in oak and 3 stained windows erected as memorials to the late Hon. Theresa Digby: there is also a memorial window, erected in 1896: to Lady Caroline Kerrison: there are 170 sittings.

St. Andrew, Minterne Magna
St. Andrew, Minterne Magna
St. Andrew, Minterne Magna
St. Andrew, Minterne Magna

Civil Registration

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

Minterne Magna was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1949, and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Minterne Magna from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Minterne Magna 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.

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester