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Stockwood, Dorset

Historical Description

Stockwood, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 miles from Evershot station on the G.W.R. Post town, Dorchester; money order office, Melbury Osmond; telegraph office, Evershot. Acreage, 698; population, 49. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £150. Patron, the Earl of Ilchester. The church is a building of stone, and is reputed to be the smallest parish church in England. There is a peculiar Grecian bell-turret.

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 -
LibertySutton Poyntz 
Poor Law unionSherborne1835 -
Registration districtSherborne 
Registration sub-districtYetminster 

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


Church of England

St. Edwold (parish church)

The parish church of St. Edwold, one of the smallest churches in England its dimensions being 30 feet long by 12 feet 8 inches wide, is a building of stone with a western turret containing one bell.

Civil Registration

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

Stockwood was in Sherborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Stockwood from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Stockwood 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 districtDT2
Post TownDorchester