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Preston, Dorset

Historical Description

Preston, a parish in Dorsetshire, on Weymouth Bay, 3½ miles NE of Weymouth station on the G.W.R. It includes the tithing of Sutton Poyntz, and has a post office under Weymouth; money order and telegraph office, Weymouth. Acreage, 2625; population, 678. There is a coastguard station. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £200 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is old, has been restored, and has a tower. There is a Wesleyan chapel. In a meadow in this parish the remains of a Roman villa were discovered in 1842.

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 -
LibertySutton Poyntz 
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 1693. 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 Preston cum Sutton Poyntz, 1695-1837 is online


Church of England

St. Andrew (parish church)

The parish church of St. Andrew is an edifice of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, north porch, and an embattled western tower containing 4 bells: there is an ancient font: the church was restored and two stained windows inserted: there are 300 sittings: in 1907 the churchyard was extended by half an acre, and a lych gate was erected in 1911.

Civil Registration

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

Preston was in Weymouth Registration District from 1837 to 1933

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Preston from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Preston 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

Sutton Poyntz

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWeymouth and Portland
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT3
Post TownWeymouth