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Stinsford, Dorset

Historical Description

Stinsford, a parish, with four hamlets, in Dorsetshire, 1½ mile ENE of Dorchester stations on the G.W.R. and S.W.R. Post town, Dorchester. Acreage, 2071; population, 278. In 1894 that portion of Holy Trinity parish outside the borough of Dorchester, and a portion of the parish of St George's Fordington outside the said borough and E of St George's Fordington, were joined to the ancient parish of Stinsford for civil purposes. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. Stinsford House, Kingston House, and Birkin House are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £138 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Ilchester. The church was well restored in 1883.

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 parishStinsford St. Michael 
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtDorchester 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1535. 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 parish church of St. Michael is a small but ancient building of stone, partly in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles and a small western tower, mantled with ivy and containing 3 bells: several stained windows and a reredos of marble and Caen stone were presented by the late James Fellowes esq. of Kingston House: there are two fine monumental tablets of the Pitt family, and the font of white marble was the gift of Mrs. Pitt; the communion plate, of silver gilt, was presented by Mrs. Strangeways Horner, in 1737, and a smaller set in 1819 by the Rev. William Floyer, then vicar: the church was restored in 1883, and affords 190 sittings.

Civil Registration

Stinsford was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Stinsford from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Stinsford 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

Higher and Lower Bockhampton
Kingston Marlwood
Upper Kingston (Stinsford)

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester