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Winterborne Monkton, Dorset

Historical Description

Winterbourne Monkton, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 miles SSW of Dorchester station on the G.W.R. and the S.W.R. Post town, Dorchester. Acreage, 652; population, 71. An alien priory, a cell to Cluny Abbey, was founded here in the time of King John. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £150. Patron, the Earl of Ilchester. The church is good, and was well restored in 1878.

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 unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtDorchester 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1756. 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. Mary Magdalene (parish church)

The parish church (supposed to be dedicated o St. Mary Magdalene) is a small building of stone, originally Norman, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, north porch and an embattled western tower containing one bell with an inscription in black letters: there is a stained window and a handsome carved oak screen: the church was restored in 1878 and re-seated with open benches, at a cost of about £1,500, and has 86 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Winterborne Monkton 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 Winterborne Monkton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Winterborne Monkton 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