UK Genealogy Archives logo
DISCLOSURE: This page may contain affiliate links, meaning when you click the links and make a purchase, we may receive a commission.

Piddlehinton, Dorset

Historical Description

Puddlehinton or Pyddle Hinton, a parish in Dorsetshire, lying on the river Piddle, 6 miles N by E of Dorchester station on the G.W.R. It has a post and telegraph office under Dorchester; money order office, Piddletrenthide. Acreage, 2921; population of the civil parish, 388; of the ecclesiastical, 339. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor belonged once to an alien monastery, and was given by Henry VI. to Eton College. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £280 with residence. Patron, Eton College. The church was built about the beginning of the 15th century, and has been enlarged and well restored.

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 parishPiddlehinton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtPuddletown 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1539. 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. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary is an ancient building of flint and stone, in the Perpendicular style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, north porch and a southern embattled tower, with pinnacles and containing 5 bells: there are some brasses of the early part of the 15th century, one of which is palimpsest and one is to Thomas Brown, 27 years rector, with an inscription in Latin verse: the church was restored and enlarged in 1868 at a cost of £ 1,200, and has 300 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Piddlehinton was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Piddlehinton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Piddlehinton 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 districtDT2
Post TownDorchester