Owermoigne, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands 2½ miles S by W of Moreton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 6 SE by E of Dorchester. It has a post office under Dorchester; money order office, Broadmayne; telegraph office, Winfrith. The parish contains also the hamlets of Galton and Southdown, and comprises 4046 acres; population of the civil parish, 386; of the ecclesiastical, 332. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. Much of the land is heath. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £300 with residence. The church, which is a small edifice in the Gothic style, was rebuilt in 1883.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Owermoigne St. Michael|
|Poor Law union||Weymouth||1836 -|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1569. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).
Church of England
St. Michael (parish church)
The parish church of St. Michael, rebuilt in 1883, at the expense of the late Rev. John Robert Cree, is an edifice of stone in the Gothic style, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and an ancient embattled western tower, containing 3 bells: in the chancel is a stained window: there are 140 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Owermoigne was in Weymouth Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Owermoigne from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Owermoigne (St. Michael))
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.
Online maps of Owermoigne are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
Villages, Hamlets, &cGalton
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.