Studland, a parish in Dorsetshire, in the NE of Purbeck Isle, on Studland Bay and Poole Harbour, 3 miles from Swanage station on the L. & S.W.R. It includes Brownsea Island, and has a post office under Wareham; money order and telegraph office, Swanage. There is also a telegraph office at the coastguard station on the coast. Acreage, 4633; population of the civil parish, 432; of the ecclesiastical, 310. There is a parish council consisting of seven members and a chairman. Studland Bay has a sheltered anchorage in 6 fathoms in W winds. There are brick and pottery works. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £120 with residence. The church is Norman, and was thoroughly restored in 1883.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Studland St. Nicholas|
|Poor Law union||Wareham and Purbeck||1836 -|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1532. 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
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Studland was in Wareham Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Poole Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Studland from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Studland (St. Nicholas))
- 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 Studland 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, &cBrownsea
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.