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Woolland, Dorset

Historical Description

Woolland, a parish in Dorsetshire, 5 miles SW of Shillingstone station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, and 10 W by N of Blandford. It has a post office under Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Haselbury Bryan. Acreage, 1137; population, 155. Woolland House is the chief residence. The living is a donative in the diocese of Salisbury. The church is a building of stone in the Early Decorated 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 unionSturminster1835 -
Registration districtSturminster 
Registration sub-districtSturminster 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1727. 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).

We have transcribed the Marriages at Woolland, 1837-1921


Church of England

dedication unknown (parish church)

The parish church (name not known) was erected by the late Montague Williams esq. in 1855, and is a building of stone in the Early Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave of two bays, south aisle and a western tower with spire, containing one bell: there is a brass to Mary Argenton, lady of the manor, who died in 1666, and another to the late Montague Williams esq. who died in 1890, erected by his four sons; and there are several stained windows: the Decorated font was transferred from the old chapel: the church affords 120 sittings: in the churchyard is a very fine yew tree.

Woolland parish church
Woolland parish church
Woolland parish church
Woolland parish church

Civil Registration

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

Woolland was in Sturminster Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Woolland from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Woolland 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