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Turners Puddle, Dorset

Historical Description

Turners Puddle or Toners Puddle, a parish in Dorsetshire, 4½ miles NNW of Wool station on the L. & S.W.R., and 7½ NW by W of Wareham. Post town, Dorchester. Acreage, 1998; population, 87. The living is a rectory, united with Affpuddle, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £169. The church is an ancient structure of stone with an embattled western tower, and has been 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 parishTurners-Puddle Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionWareham and Purbeck1836 -
Registration districtWareham 
Registration sub-districtBere Regis 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1743. 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

The Holy Trinity (parish church)

The parish church of the Holy Trinity is an ancient edifice of stone and flint, chiefly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 2 bells: it was restored in 1883, and has 80 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Turners Puddle was in Wareham Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Poole Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Turners Puddle from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Turners Puddle 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.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT2
Post TownDorchester