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Pokeswell, Dorset

Historical Description

Poxwell or Pokeswell, a parish in Dorsetshire, near the coast, 5 miles SW of Moreton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5 NE of Weymonth. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Weymouth. Acreage, 834; population, 82. Remains exist of a Druidical double hut-circle, the inner ring about 12 feet in diameter. The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Warmwell, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £135. The church was rebuilt in 1868, and is a handsome stone building in the Early English style.

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 -
Poor Law unionWeymouth1836 -
Registration districtWeymouth 
Registration sub-districtUpway 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1675. 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. John the Evangelist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Evangelist, erected in 1868 at the sole cost of John Trenchard Trenchard esq. in place of the Saxon church, then removed, is a building of dressed stone in the Early English style, consisting of nave, short transepts, north porch and a round western tower with spire, containing one bell: the interior of the base of the tower forms the baptistery: the east and west windows are stained: there are about 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Pokeswell was in Weymouth Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Pokeswell from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Pokeswell 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.