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Owermoigne, Dorset

Historical Description

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.

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 parishOwermoigne St. Michael 
Poor Law unionWeymouth1836 -
Registration districtWeymouth 
Registration sub-districtUpway 

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

Church Records

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 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.

Civil Registration

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:

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:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester