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Tarrant Keynston, Dorset

Historical Description

Tarrant Keynston, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 miles NE of Spetisbury station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway, and 3 ESE of Blandford. It has a post office under Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Spetisbury. Acreage, 1348; population, 260. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £320 with residence. The church is good. In the village are the remains of an old cross.

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 parishTarrant-Keynston All Saints 
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 1737. 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

All Saints (parish church)

The parish church of All Saints, rebuilt with the exception of the tower in 1853, is of flint and stone in the Perpendicular style, and consists of chancel, nave, north aisle of three bays, with octagonal piers, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 4 bells: tow coats of arms, carved in stone, of the Highly family of Upton, were found under one of the pews: in the chancel is a brass memorial to a former rector: a memorial window was inserted in 1897 by D'arcy Todd esq. to the late Col. Todd and his wife: there are about 300 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Tarrant Keyneston 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 Keynston from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Tarrant Keynston 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.