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Stratton, Dorset

Historical Description

Stratton, a parish, with the hamlet of Grimstone, in Dorsetshire, on the river Frome, and 3½ miles NW of Dorchester station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Charminster. Acreage, 1716; population, 329. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Charminster. The church 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 parishStratton St. Mary 
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtMaiden Newton 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1561. 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. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells: the windows retain fragments of stained glass; the stained east window was presented in 1902 by A. Pope esq. in memory of his son, Lieut. W. Pope R.N.: the church was restored in 1894, when the chancel was erected by Alfred Pope esq. J.P. as a memorial to his wife: the brass lectern was presented by Mrs. Pope, and the brass altar rails by Miss Ashley: there are 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

Stratton 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 Stratton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Stratton 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


Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester