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Warmwell, Dorset

Historical Description

Warmwell, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2½ miles SSW of Moreton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 5 SE of Dorchester. It has a post office under Dorchester; money order office, Broadmayne; telegraph office, Moreton railway station. Acreage, 1698; population of the civil parish, 183; of the ecclesiastical with Pokeswell, 323. Warmwell House is the chief residence. The living is a rectory, united with Pokeswell, in the diocese of Salisbury; net value of the united rectories, £290. The church is a building of stone in the Early English style; the chancel was rebuilt in 1881.

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 1641. 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 a small fabric of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch, and a low western tower containing 4 bells; it was repaired and reseated in 1851; the chancel was rebuilt in 1881 at a cost of £1,300, defrayed by the Rev. E. Pickard-Cambridge, then rector, to whose wife a memorial window has been erected; there is also a memorial brass, erected in 1901, to the late Rev. Joseph Wood, rector here 1895-1900: the tower was almost entirely rebuilt and the bells rehung in 1887, at the cost of Lieut-Col. A. B. Foster: there are 120 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Warmwell 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 Warmwell from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Warmwell 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