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Winterborne Stickland, Dorset

Historical Description

Winterborne Stickland, a parish, with Winterborne Quarlestone tithing, in Dorsetshire, 3½ miles WSW of Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. It has a post office, of the name of Stickland, under Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Whitechurch. Acreage, 2234; population, 406, Mailing is carried on. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £255. The church is good, and there are two Methodist 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 -
Poor Law unionBlandford1835 -

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1616, but some years are missing. 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 (parish church)

The parish church of St. Mary, situated nearly in the centre of the parish, is an ancient edifice of flint and stone, in the Transitional style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 4 bells: the church was restored in 1891-2, at a cost of £726 14s. under the direction of Mr. Fletcher F.R.I.B.A. or Wimborne, and re-opened 29 March, 1892; in the course of the work portions of an old oak waggon-headed roof were discovered in the chancel, and these have very carefully been restored and made good; part of a carved oak screen was also found behind the wooden lining of the doorway leading to the mausoleum of the Skinner family, betwen the chancel and the chapel, and this has been restored and left in the position in which it was discovered; an interesting discovery was also made of a rude sculpture of the Holy Rood, found built into the east wll of the porch: there are 134 sittings.

Civil Registration

Winterborne Stickland 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 Stickland 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