Tarrant Gunville, Dorset
Tarrant Gunville, a parish, with three tithings, in Dorsetshire, 5 miles NE by N of Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Blandford. Acreage, 3469; population, 369. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £345 with residence. Patron, University College, Oxford. The church is good.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Diocese||Bristol||1542 - 1836|
|Ecclesiastical parish||Tarrant-Gunville St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Blandford||1835 -|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1719. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).
Church of England
St. Mary (parish church)
The parish church of St. Mary is a building of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of five bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 3 bells: the church was rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1845: the organ was the gift of the Rev. W. H. Hitchcock M.A. rector 1889-1900: there are 370 sittings, 288 being free.
Tarrant Gunville was in Blandford Registration District from 1837 to 1956 and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Tarrant Gunville from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Tarrant-Gunville (St. Mary))
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.
Online maps of Tarrant Gunville are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
Villages, Hamlets, &cEastbury
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.