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Winterborne Zelstone, Dorset

Historical Description

Winterborne Zelstone, a parish in Dorsetshire, 4 miles WSW of Bailey Gate station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway, 7 S by E of Blandford, and 7 NW of Wimborne. Post town, Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Bere Regis. Acreage, 848; population, 173. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £165. The church was rebuilt in 1866.

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 1548. 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 is an edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch, and a lofty embattled western tower containing 4 bells; it was entirely rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1866, at the expense of J. J. Farquharson esq.; and in 1905 the bells were rehung and the roof restored at a cost of £200: there are 200 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Winterborne Zelston 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 Zelstone 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.