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Shipton Gorge, Dorset

Historical Description

Shipton George or Gorge, a parish, with a village, in Dorsetshire, 2 miles E by S of Bridport station on the G.W.R. Post town, Bridport. Acreage, 1464; population, 318. There is a parish council of seven members and a chairman. The manor belongs to the Earl of Ilchester. Shipton Beacon is a hill crowned with an irregular ancient camp supposed to be Saxon. The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to Burton Bradstock. The church, excepting the tower, was rebuilt in 1862.

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 unionBridport1836 -
Registration districtBridport 
Registration sub-districtBurton Bradstock 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1675. 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).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Burton Bradstock with Shipton Gorge, 1614-1812 is online


Church of England

St. Martin (parish church)

The church of St. Martin, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1862, in the Perpendicular style, and consists of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 4 bells: there are 220 sittings.

Civil Registration

Shipton Gorge was in Bridport Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shipton Gorge from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Shipton Gorge 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 districtDT6
Post TownBridport