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Tolpuddle, Dorset

Historical Description

Tolpuddle, a parish, with a village and two hamlets, in Dorsetshire, 3½ miles N of Moreton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 7 ENE of Dorchester. It has a post office under Dorchester; money order office, Puddletown; telegraph office, Affpuddle. Acreage, 2053; population, 288. The living is, a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £210 with residence. Patron, Christchurch, Oxford. The chancel of the church was rebuilt in 1840, and the whole building has since been restored. There is a small Wesleyan chapel.

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 unionSherborne1835 -
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 1718. 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 is a building of flint and stone, in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, and consists of large chancel, nave, north aisle, north transept, south porch and an embattled western tower, containing 4 bells: all the windows in the chancel are stained: a stained glass window in the north transept was erected in 1894 to the memory of Canon George Lloyd Nash M.A. 41 years vicar of this parish. There is also a memorial oak chair presented by the parishioners. The silver communion plate bears the date 1577: the church was restored in 1855, and affords 240 sittings.

Civil Registration

Tolpuddle 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 Tolpuddle from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Tolpuddle 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.

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Southover (Tolpuddle)

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester