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Sturminster Marshall, Dorset

Historical Description

Sturminster Marshall, a village and a parish in Dorsetshire. The village stands on the river Stour, near Bailey Gate station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, 4 miles W of Wimborne Minster, was once a market-town, and has a post and money order office under Wimborne; telegraph office, Bailey Gate railway station, and an eight-arched bridge. The parish contains Coombe Almer tithing, and comprises 3995 acres; population, 806. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £156 with residence. Patron, Eton College. The church is an ancient structure of stone.

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 parishSturminster-Marshall St. Mary 
Poor Law unionWimborne1835 - 1836
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne1836 -
Registration districtWimborne 
Registration sub-districtWimborne 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1563 and has been printed. 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 an ancient edifice of stone, partly Norman, and consisting of chancel, nave of six bays, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a clock and 6 bells, which were rehung in 1911 in a new steel frame at the expense of C. E. Parke esq.; two new bells were given by the late Mrs. S. T. Courtney and the late R. Courtney esq.: a new organ was provided in 1907, at a cost of about £450: the church was restored in 1860, and affords 468 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Sturminster Marshall was in Wimborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937, Blandford Registration District from 1937 to 1956, and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sturminster Marshall from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Sturminster Marshall 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

Coombe Almer

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictEast Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtBH21
Post TownWimborne