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Studland, Dorset

Historical Description

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.

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 parishStudland St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionWareham and Purbeck1836 -
Registration districtWareham 
Registration sub-districtSwanage 

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

Church Records

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 and made available on their site (subscription required).


Church of England

St. Nicholas

Civil Registration

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:

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:

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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH19
Post TownSwanage