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Pulham, Dorset

Historical Description

Pulham, a parish in Dorsetshire, 5½ miles NE by N of Cerne Abbas, and 7 from Sherborne station on the L. & S.W.R. It consists of two sections, E and W, and has a post office under Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Buckland Newton. Acreage, 2416; population, 266. The parish is a meet for the Blackmoor Vale Harriers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £300 with residence. The church is ancient, and has been 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 -
HundredBuckland Newton 
Poor Law unionCerne1835 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtCerne 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1734. 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. Thomas à Becket (parish church)

The parish church of St. Thomas à Becket is a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave of four bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower with 4 bells, the fourth bell having been added in 1884: all the windows are stained: the church was thoroughly restored in 1870, and affords 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Pulham was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1937, and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Pulham from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Pulham 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.

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester