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Woodsford, Dorset

Historical Description

Woodsford, a parish in Dorsetshire, 1½ mile NW by W of Moreton station on the L. & S.W.R., and 4½ E of Dorchester. Post town, Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Moreton. Acreage, 1761; population of the civil parish, 168; of the ecclesiastical, 328. The property belongs to the Earl of Ilchester. Guido de Brient's Castle is here, and has been converted into a farmhouse, and partially restored, The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury, with Tincleton annexed; net value, £260 with residence. Patron, Lord Allington. The church is a small building of stone in the Early English style.

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 unionDorchester1836 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtPuddletown 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1678. 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. John the Baptist (parish church)

The parish church of St. John the Baptist, a building of stone in the Early English style, was rebuilt in 1863, and consists of nave, north aisle, transept, south porch and western tower containing one bell: there are 134 sittings.

Civil Registration

Woodsford 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 Woodsford from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Woodsford 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