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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Diocese||Bristol||1542 - 1836|
|Ecclesiastical parish||Stratton St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Dorchester||1836 -|
|Registration sub-district||Maiden Newton|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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 Ancestry.co.uk 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.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Stratton (St. Mary))
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
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:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
Villages, Hamlets, &cGrimstone
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.