Purse Caundle, Dorset
Caundle Purse, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the verge of the county, 2¼ miles SE of Milborne Port railway station, and 4: E of Sherborne, which is the post town; money order and telegraph office, Milborne Port. Acreage, 1558; population, 160. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £150 with residence. In this parish is a fine old mansion called the Manor House, said to have been the property of King John, and one of his hunting seats.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Diocese||Bristol||1542 - 1836|
|Poor Law union||Sherborne||1835 -|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
We have transcribed the Marriages at Purse Caundle from 1837-1921.
The parish register dates from the year 1731. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).
Church of England
St. Peter (parish church)
The parish church of St. Peter is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing a clock and 3 bells: the church was thoroughly restored in 1883 at a cost of £600: in 1896 the chancel and tower were restored at a cost of £150 and again in 1904 at a cost of £400; there are 130 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Purse Caundle was in Sherborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Purse Caundle from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Caundle-Purse (St. Peter))
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.
Online maps of Purse Caundle are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.