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Sydling St Nicholas, Dorset

Historical Description

Sydling St Nicholas, a parish, comprising two tithings and forming a liberty, in Dorsetshire, 3 miles from Grimston station on the G.W.R. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Dorchester. Acreage, 5130; population, 563. Court House is the chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £130 with residence. Patron, Winchester College. The church is good; and there are Wesleyan and Congregational chapels.

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 parishSydling St. Nicholas 
LibertySydling St Nicholas 
Poor Law unionCerne1835 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtCerne 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1565. 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 (parish church)

The parish church of St. Nicholas is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south transept, north porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing a peal of 5 fine-toned bells: there are 349 sittings.

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Civil Registration

Sydling St. Nicholas was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1937, and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sydling St Nicholas from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Sydling St Nicholas 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