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Tarrant Rushton, Dorset

Historical Description

Tarrant Rushton, a parish in Dorsetshire, 3¾ miles E of Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. Post town, Blandford. Acreage, 2073; population of the civil parish, 179; of the ecclesiastical, 219. The living is a rectory, with Tarrant Rawston annexed, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £195 with residence. The church is good, and has been thoroughly restored.

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-Rushton St. Mary 
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 1700. 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 ancient cruciform building of flint and stone in the Norman and Early English styles, chiefly of the 13th century, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, south porch and a bell chamber containing one bell: there are three perfect hagioscopes, of the Decorated period, and a piscina of the same period: two earthenware vessels have been found built into the chancel arch, and remains of stone tomb covers: there are memorial windows to the Rev. Francis A. Smith, d. 1877, and Miss Isabella Wilson, d. 1887, and brasses to Captain Smith, d. 1885; Captain Arthur Roe, died of wounds 1914; and the Rev. J. Penney M.A. rector 1877-1915, died Jan. 1915; the church was restored between 1878 and 1887, and has sittings for 120 persons.

Civil Registration

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

Tarrant Rushton 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 Rushton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Tarrant Rushton 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