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Wootton Glanville, Dorset

Historical Description

Wootton Glanville or Granville's Wootton, a parish, with a village and with Wootton Newlands tithing, in Dorsetshire, 7 miles SSE of Sherborne station on the L. & S.W.R. Acreage, 1705; population, 238. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £200 with residence. The church is in the Gothic style, and contains some handsome monuments. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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 -
Ecclesiastical parishWootton-Glanville St. Mary 
HundredBuckland Newton 
Poor Law unionCerne1835 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtCerne 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1546. 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 Gothic style, consisting of chancel, south chapel, nave, south porch and a low embattled western tower with pinnacles, containing 4 bells: the south chapel was a chantry, and on its walls are monuments to members of the Williams, Every and Henley families: under the south-east window of this chapel is a recumbent effigy, in good preservation, supposed to represent Sir Henry de Glanville knt. founder of the chantry: the church was thoroughly restored in 1876 under the direction of Mr. Crickmay, diocesan architect: there are 171 sittings.

St. Mary, Glanvilles Wootton St. Mary, Glanvilles Wootton

Civil Registration

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

Wootton Glanville was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Wootton Glanville from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Wootton Glanville 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.