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North Poorton, Dorset

Historical Description

Poorton, North, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 miles N by W of Poorstock station on the G.W.R., and 4 SE of Beaminster. It contains part of Loscombe hamlet, and its post town is Melplash. Acreage, 684; population, 63. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £60. The church was rebuilt in 1862. The Earl of Sandwich is lord of the manor.

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 parishNorth Poorton St. Mary 
HundredBeaminster Forum and Redborne 
Poor Law unionBeaminster1836 -
Registration districtBeaminster 
Registration sub-districtBeaminster 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1695. 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 North Poorton, 1698-1812 is online.


Church of England

St. Mary Magdalene (parish church)

The church of St. Mary Magdalene, erected in 1862 in place of an ancient church, of which the remains can still be seen, is a building of stone in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, north porch, and a small north tower with spire containing one bell: there are 132 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

North Poorton 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 North Poorton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of North Poorton 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