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Symondsbury, Dorset

Historical Description

Symondsbury, a parish in Dorsetshire, 1½ mile W by N of Bridport station on the G.W.R. Post town, Bridport. Acreage, 3893; population, 1186. There is a parish council consisting of nine members and a chairman. The manor belongs to the Earl of Ilchester. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £823 with residence. The parochial church is Perpendicular and cruciform. Two churches have been erected at Broadoak and Eype.

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 parishSymondsbury St. John the Baptist 
HundredWhitchurch Canonicorum 
Poor Law unionBridport1836 -
Registration districtBridport 
Registration sub-districtWhitchurch Canonicorum 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1558. 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 Symondsbury, 1558-1812 is online.


Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The parish church of St. John the Baptist is an ancient cruciform edifice of stone, in the Perpendicular style, and consists of chancel, nave, transepts, south porch and a central embattled tower containing a clock and 5 bells: William Gulston, bishop of Bristol, d. 1684, is buried in the church: there are two stained windows: the church affords 450 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Symondsbury was in Bridport Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Symondsbury from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Symondsbury 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.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT6
Post TownBridport