UK Genealogy Archives logo
DISCLOSURE: This page may contain affiliate links, meaning when you click the links and make a purchase, we may receive a commission.

Purse Caundle, Dorset

Historical Description

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.

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 unionSherborne1835 -
Registration districtSherborne 
Registration sub-districtSherborne 

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

Church Records

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 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.

St Peters, Church PhotoSt Peters, Church Photo

Civil Registration

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:

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:

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.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT9
Post TownSherborne