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Pillesdon, Dorset

Historical Description

Pilsdon or Pillesdon, a parish in Dorsetshire, under Pillesdon Hill, 1½ miles WSW of Beaminster, and 6 SSW of Crewkerne station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town, Beaminster, under Bridport. Acreage, 660; population, 83. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £80. The church was mainly rebuilt in 1830 and restored in 1875. Pilsdon Pen is an old Roman encampment.

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 -
HundredWhitchurch Canonicorum 
Poor Law unionBeaminster1836 -
Registration districtBeaminster 
Registration sub-districtNetherbury 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1760. 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).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Pilsdon, 1754-1809 is online


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary, almost entirely rebuilt in 1830, is an edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and a western turret containing one bell: there is an ancient piscina, and a holy water stoup in the porch: the church was restored in 1875 by Mrs. Syndercombe Bower and her son, H. Syndercombe Bower esq. in memory of the Rev. Gregory Raymond, a former rector of Symondsbury, and affords 80 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Pillesdon was in Beaminster Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Bridport Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Pillesdon from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Pillesdon 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.