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Shapwick, Dorset

Historical Description

Shapwick, a parish, with a village, in Dorsetshire, on the river Stour, 3 miles from Bailey Gate station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, and 4¼ SSE of Blandford. It has a post office under Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Spettisbury. Acreage, 2683; population of the civil parish, 355; of the ecclesiastical, 402. A Carthusian Priory, a cell to Sheen in Surrey, was founded here in 1414. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £270 with residence. The church is ancient but good, and was restored in 1879-80. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

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 unionWimborne1835 - 1836
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne1836 -
Registration districtWimborne 
Registration sub-districtWimborne 

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

Census Records

We have transcribed the 1901 census for Shapwick

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1559. 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. Bartholomew (parish church)

The parish church of St. Bartholemew is an ancient edifice of stone in mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisle, north and south porches, and a low western tower, containing 4 bells: it was thoroughly restored in 1879-80 at a cost of £1,300, under the direction of Mr. Frederick Keith Rogers, architect, and affords 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

Shapwick was in Wimborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937, Blandford Registration District from 1937 to 1956, and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shapwick from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Shapwick 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.

DistrictEast Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT11
Post TownBlandford Forum