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Oborne, Dorset

Historical Description

Oborne, a parish in Dorsetshire, adjacent to Somerset, If mile ENE of Sherborne station on the L. & S.W.R. It has a post office under Sherborne; money order and telegraph office, Sherborne. Acreage, 607; population, 130. The manor belongs to Caius College, Cambridge. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £90 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1862, and is in the Early English style

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 parishOborne St. Cuthbert 
Poor Law unionSherborne1835 -
Registration districtSherborne 
Registration sub-districtSherborne 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1567. 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. Cuthbert (parish church)

The parish church of St. Cuthbert, rebuilt on a new site in 1862 in the Early English style, is of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and a small embattled western turret containing one bell: in the chancel are three fine stained windows: there are sittings for 129 persons. The chancel of the old church is still standing: in 1914 the churchyard adjoining the old church was closed.

St. Cuthbert, Oborne
St. Cuthbert, Oborne

Civil Registration

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

Oborne was in Sherborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Oborne from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Oborne 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 districtDT9
Post TownSherborne