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West Chelborough, Dorset

Historical Description

Chelborough, West, a parish in Beaminster, Dorsetshire, 31 miles WNW of Evershot station on the G.W.R., and 5¼ NE of Beaminster. Post town, Evershot. Acreage, 587; population, 57. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury, amalgamated with East Chelborough; gross value, £102 with residence.

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 unionBeaminster1836 -
Registration districtBeaminster 
Registration sub-districtEvershot 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1666. 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 West Chelborough, 1673-1812 is online.


Church of England

St. Andrew (parish church)

The parish church of St. Andrew is a building of stone in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel and nave, and embattled tower, with pinnacles, on the south side, containing 2 bells: the font is Norman: the church was rebuilt about 1640, and restored in 1894 by the patron: there are 50 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

West Chelborough was in Beaminster Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Bridport Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for West Chelborough from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of West Chelborough 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


East Chelborough