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Tincleton, Dorset

Historical Description

Tincleton, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 miles N of Moreton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5½ E by N of Dorchester. Post town, Dorchester. Acreage, 900; population of the civil parish, 160; of the ecclesiastical, 328. Clyffe is the chief residence. The living is a vicarage, annexed to Woodsford, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church was erected in 1851.

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 unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtPuddletown 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1610. 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. John the Evangelist (parish church)

The parish church of St. John the Evangelist, erected in 1841, is an edifice of stone in the Early Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch, and a western turret containing a clock and 2 bells: a reredos was erected in 1889 by Mrs. Porcher, in memory of Charles Porcher esq. of Clyffe, and there is a memorial window in the chancel, to Vice-Chancellor Sir Richard Torin Kindersley kt. (d. 1879), placed by E. L. Kindersley esq. of Clyffe: there are 175 sittings. Lord Herschell P.C., G.C.B. lord high chancellor 1886 and 1892-95, who died at Washington U.S.A. March 1, was buried here March 22, 1899.

Civil Registration

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

Tincleton was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Tincleton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Tincleton 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.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester