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Pentridge, Dorset

Historical Description

Pentridge, a parish in Dorsetshire, on Bockerly Ditch, adjacent to Wilts, 3¼ miles NNW of Cranborne, and 7 from Verwood station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Cranborne. The manor belongs to the Earl of Shaftesbury. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £130 with residence. Patron, The Lord Chancellor. The church was rebuilt in 1857.

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 parishPentridge St. Rumbold 
Poor Law unionCranborne1835 - 1836
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne1836 -
Registration districtWimborne 
Registration sub-districtCranborne 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1704. 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. Rumbold (parish church)

The parish church of St. Rumbold, a small Middle Pointed structure of flint and stone, was enlarged and partly rebuilt in 1857, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a western tower, with spire, containing 4 bells: there are stained windows, and sittings for 100.

Civil Registration

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

Pentridge was in Wimborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937, Blandford Registration District from 1937 to 1956, and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Pentridge from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Pentridge 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

East Woodyates

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictEast Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtSP5
Post TownSalisbury