Radipole, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands on the river Wey, at the inlet to Weymouth Harbour, 2 miles NNW of Weymouth station on The G.W.R.; is embowered in trees, and has a sulphurous mineral spring. Post town, Weymouth. The parish is partly within Weymouth borough, and comprises 1333 acres; population of the civil parish, 1782; of the ecclesiastical, with Melcombe Regis, 5754. The manor belonged to Cerne Abbey. Villas and other houses have been built on the road leading to Weymouth. A pretty walk goes along the shore toward Weymouth. The living is a rectory, annexed to Melcombe Regis, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £280 with residence. Tha church has been restored. The churchyard contains the graves of eighty persons, drowned in the wreck of the Abergavenny, off Portland, in 1805.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Radipole St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Weymouth||1836 -|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1560. 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. Mary (parish church)
The parish church of St. Mary, the mother church to Melcombe Regis, is a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, south porch and a western turret: the roof of the church was restored in 1893: there are 250 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Radipole was in Weymouth Registration District from 1837 to 1933
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Radipole from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Radipole (St. Mary))
- 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 Radipole 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.