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Stourpaine, Dorset

Historical Description

Stourpaine, a parish, with a village, and with Ashe tithing, in Dorsetshire, on the river Stour, and 3 miles from Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorset railway. It has a post office under Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Blandford. Acreage, 2375; population, 490. A Roman camp is on Hod Hill. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £210 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The church was rebuilt in 1858 and is good.

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 parishStourpain Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionBlandford1835 -
Registration districtBlandford 
Registration sub-districtBlandford 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1631. 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

The Holy Trinity (parish church)

The parish church of the Holy Trinity, an edifice of flint and stone in the Gothic style, was rebuilt in the year 1858 by the Rev. Charles Tuffnell, then vicar, to whose memory a stained window has been erected; it consists of chancel, nave of four bays, south aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower with pinnacles containing 5 bells: in 1882 a new organ was erected at a cost of £250, a brass lectern presented by the Hon. Misses Pitt, of Steepleton, and stained east and west windows erected: there is also a brass, placed about 1898 to Colonel Watts, formerly of the Bombay Staff Corps: the church was restored in 1871 and affords 250 sittings. In the churchyard is a lych-gate of oak upon a base of Ham Hill stone.

Civil Registration

Stourpaine was in Blandford Registration District from 1837 to 1956 and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Stourpaine from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Stourpaine 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

Lacerton or Lazarton

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT11
Post TownBlandford Forum