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Toller Porcorum, Dorset

Historical Description

Toller Porcorum, a parish, with Kingcombe tithing, in Dorsetshire, at Toller station on the G.W.R., and 2½ miles W of Maiden Newton. It has a post office under Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Maiden Newton. Acreage, 3173; population, 417. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. There are stone quarries and chalk pits. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £105 with residence. The church was restored in 1895. Toller Porcorum, or Swine's Toller, derives its distinguishing name from the great number of swine that were formerly bred in and about the parish.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseSalisbury 
Ecclesiastical parishToller-Porcorum St. Peter 
HundredTollerford 
HundredBeaminster Forum and Redborne 
Poor Law unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester1837 - 1949
Registration districtWeymouth1949 - 1974
Registration sub-districtMaiden Newton 

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


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1615. 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).


Churches

Church of England

St. Peter and St. Andrew (parish church)

The parish church of St. Peter and St. Andrew is a building of stone in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, and an embattled western tower containing 4 bells: an ancient Roman altar is used as a font: the east window and two others in the chancel are stained: in 1891 the chancel was restored, and in 1895 the two galleries were removed, and the church completely restored at a cost of about £700: there are 150 sittings.


Civil Registration

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

For births, marriages, and deaths in Toller Porcorum from 1837 to 1949 you should search for the Dorchester Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Toller Porcorum from 1949 to 1974 you should search for the Weymouth Registration District.


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Toller Porcorum from the following:


Land and Property

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


Maps

Online maps of Toller Porcorum 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
CountyDorset
RegionSouth West
CountryEngland
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester