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Up Cerne, Dorset

Historical Description

Cerne, Upper, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the river Cerne, 1½ mile N by W of Cerne-Abbas, and 5 miles E by S of Evershot railway station. The post, money order, and telegraph office is at Cerne Abbas. Acreage, 1123; population, 84. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £152. The church is small, but in good condition. The river Ceme rises in the village. Upper Cerne House, which is in the neighbourhood, contains some very fine specimens of carved oak.

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 unionCerne1835 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtCerne 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1650. 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).

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Up Cerne, 1682-1811 is online.


Church of England

not dedicated (parish church)

The parish church (not dedicated) is a small building of stone and flint, in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, transept, north porch and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 6 bells: there are 80 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Up Cerne was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1937, and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Up Cerne from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Up Cerne 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