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Winterborne Houghton, Dorset

Historical Description

Houghton Winterborne, a parish in Dorsetshire, 4y miles WSW of Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. It has a post office under Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Milton Abbas. Acreage, 1974; population, 221. The manor belonged to the Despencers, and is now the property of the Pleydell family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value. £160 with residence. The church was rebuilt in 1862, and has an embattled tower.

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 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 1558. 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. Andrew (parish church)

The parish church of St. Andrew is an edifice of flint and stone in the Early English style, rebuilt and consecrated in 1862, and consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, north porch and an embattled western tower containing 3 bells: the church plate includes a chalice and paten dated 1574. There are 227 sittings, 174 being free.

Civil Registration

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

Winterborne Houghton 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 Houghton 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