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West Chickerell, Dorset

Historical Description

Chickerell, West, a parish in Dorsetshire, on the coast, at the East Fleet, 3 miles NW by W of Weymouth town and station on the G.W.R. and L. & S.W.R. It includes the tithings of East Chickerell and Putton, and has a post and money order office under Weymouth; telegraph office, Weymouth. Acreage, 1576; population, 814. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £182. The church is very old, and contains a very perfect Norman font and a Jacobean pulpit. There are Wesleyan, Congregational, and Baptist chapels.

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 -
HundredCulliford Tree 
Poor Law unionWeymouth1836 -
Registration districtWeymouth 
Registration sub-districtWeymouth 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1699. 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 Chickerell, 1723-1812 is online


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary is an edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, and south porch: 2 large bells are suspended under two stone arches at the west end: the font is Norman: the Jacobean pulpit dates from 1630: the chancel was restored in 1875 and 1896: a new organ was erected in 1902: there are 250 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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

Land and Property

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


Online maps of West Chickerell 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

East Chickerell

Visitations Heraldic

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