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Swyre, Dorset

Historical Description

Swyre, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the coast, 3½ miles from Abbotsbury station on the G.W.R. Post town, Abbotsbury. Acreage, 1129; population, 154. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £140 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Bedford. 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 parishSwyre Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionBridport1836 -
Registration districtBridport 
Registration sub-districtBurton Bradstock 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1587. 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).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Swyre, 1588-1837 is online


Church of England

The Holy Trinity (parish church)

The parish church of the Holy Trinity, restored about 1830, is a building of stone in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, nave, north porch and tower containing 2 bells: a vestry was added in 1885, at the sole expense of the Rev. Orlando Spencer-Smith M.A. rector 1878-88: there are 100 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Swyre was in Bridport Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Swyre from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Swyre 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.

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester