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Radipole, Dorset

Historical Description

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.

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 -
Ecclesiastical parishRadipole St. Mary 
HundredCulliford Tree 
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 1560. 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. 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.

Civil Registration

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:

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:

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.

DistrictWeymouth and Portland
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT4
Post TownWeymouth