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Tarrant Hinton, Dorset

Historical Description

Tarrant Hinton, a parish in Dorsetshire, 5 miles NNE of Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. It has a post and money order office under Blandford; telegraph office, Tarrant Gunville. Acreage, 2321; population, 213. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £286 with residence. Patron, Pembroke College, Cambridge. The church is in the Perpendicular style. Roman remains have been found in the neighbourhood.

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 -
Poor Law unionBlandford1835 -
Registration districtBlandford 
Registration sub-districtBlandford 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1545. 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 edifice of stone in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, with north chapel, nave of three bays with south aisle and small two-storied annexe with priest's chamber, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing 3 bells, one of which, said to have been found in a neighbouring field during the Commonwealth, has an ancient Latin inscription: on the north side of the chancel is an Easter sepulcre of the reign of Henry VIII. with a Latin inscription: in the south aisle is a Norman piscina: the font of Purbeck marble is also Norman: in 1891-2 the church was thoroughly restored, new roofed and reseated at a cost of £850, under the direction of Mr. A.W.N. Burder, architect, of Loughborough, and was reopened on St. Thomas' day, 1892: there are 150 sittings.

There is a list of rectors from 1314.

Civil Registration

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

Tarrant Hinton 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 Hinton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Tarrant Hinton 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.

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT11
Post TownBlandford Forum