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Nether Cerne, Dorset

Historical Description

Cerne-Nether, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the river Cerne, 3 miles NE from Grimston railway station, and 5½ N by W of Dorchester, under which it has a post, money order, and telegraph office. Acreage, 850; population, 87. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £60. The church is small but neat, was restored in 1876, and has an ivy-clad tower.

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 -
HundredCerne Totcombe Modbury 
Poor Law unionCerne1835 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtCerne 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1685. 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 Nether Cerne, 1716-1812 is online


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The parish church (name unknown) is a small building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, north transept, south porch and a tower with pinnacles containing 3 bells: the church was restored and reseated in 1876, and has 100 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Nether Cerne was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1937, and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Nether Cerne from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Nether Cerne 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 districtDT2
Post TownDorchester