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Winterborne Clenston, Dorset

Historical Description

Winterborne Clenston, a parish in Dorsetshire, 4 miles SW of Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. Post town, Blandford. Acreage, 1312; population, 103. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £200 with residence. Three churches formerly were here, and the present church was rebuilt in 1840.

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 -
HundredCoombs Ditch 
Poor Law unionBlandford1835 -
Registration districtBlandford 
Registration sub-districtMilton Abbas 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1750. 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

St. Nicholas (parish church)

The parish church of St. Nicholas, rebuilt in 1840 by Mrs. Michel, is an edifice of flint and Portland stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, western porch and a western tower with spire, containing one bell: in the chancel is a handsome stained window: there are brasses to Capt. H. Mansell-Pleydell, erected by his brother officers, and to the late J. C. Mansel-Pleydell esq. and at the entrance to the churchard is a fine marble cross, erected to Capt. Pleydell by his parents: the church was reseated in 1901: there are 150 sittings.

St. Nicholas, Winterborne ClenstonNave of St. Nicholas, Winterborne Clenston

Civil Registration

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

Winterborne Clenston was in Blandford Registration District from 1837 to 1956 and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Winterborne Clenston 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.

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT11
Post TownBlandford Forum