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Mosterton, Dorset

Historical Description

Mosterton, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands on the river Axe, 1 mile S of the boundary with Somerset, 2½ miles SSE of Crewkerne station on the L. & S.W.R., and 3½ NW by N of Beaminster, and has a post office under Crewkerne; money order office, Misterton; telegraph office, Crewkerne. Acreage of the civil parish, 975; population, 263; of the ecclesiastical, 513. Mosterton House was the seat of the Hood family, stands directly opposite the church, and has been converted into an alehouse. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the rectory of South Perrot, in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £320 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1833, and has a tower. The old churchyard contains a tomb of the Hoods. There is a Plymouth Brethren chapel.

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 -
HundredBeaminster Forum and Redborne 
Poor Law unionBeaminster1836 -
Registration districtBeaminster 
Registration sub-districtNetherbury 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1653. 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 South Perrott and Mosterton, 1539-1812 is online.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The original parish church was situated at Chapel Court, about a quarter of a mile from the village, and about 50 yards to the west of the high road leading to Crewkerne: it dated from the close of the 15th century, but was taken down about 1832. The old churchyard still exists at Chapel Court. The present church of St. Mary, erected c. 1832, is a modern building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch and a western tower containing one bell: the church will seat 359 persons.

Mosterton St MaryNave of Mosterton St Mary

Civil Registration

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

Mosterton 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 Mosterton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Mosterton 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 districtDT8
Post TownBeaminster