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Steeple, Dorset

Historical Description

Steeple, a parish, with Steeple village and West Creech hamlet, in Dorsetshire, near the coast, 3½ miles from Corfe Castle station on the L. & S.W.R. Post town and telegraph office, Creech; money order office, Wareham. Acreage, 3368; population of the civil parish, 314; of the ecclesiastical, 574. There is a parish council consisting of eight members. Creech Grange is a spacious mansion in the Early Tudor style, with chapel of ease partly built from remains of Holme Priory Church. The living is a rectory, united with Tyneham, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £185 with residence. The church has a Norman S door, the nave being Perpendicular.

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 CountyEssex 
Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishSteeple St. Lawrence and All Saints 
Ecclesiastical parishSteeple St. Michael 
Poor Law unionMaldon 
Poor Law unionWareham and Purbeck1836 -
Registration districtWareham 
Registration sub-districtWareham 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1548: the entries of the Bond family can be traced to the reign of Edward VI. 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. Michael (parish church)

The church of St. Michael, situated near the centre of the parish, is an edifice of stone, mostly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, a small north nave, aisle belonging to Creech Grange, another small south chancel aisle belonging to the Blackmanstone farm, and a tower containing 3 bells: the south doorway is Norman: there is a memorial window to the Rev. Canon Nathaniel Bond (d. 1889) and his wife, and to G. H. Bond esq. formerly M.P. for East Dorset: there are 250 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Steeple was in Wareham Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Poole Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Steeple from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Steeple 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.

Villages, Hamlets, &c

West Creech

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH20
Post TownWareham