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Wynford Eagle, Dorset

Historical Description

Winford Eagle, a parish in Dorsetshire, 1½ mile SW of Maiden Newton station on the G.W.R. It gives the title of Baron Wynford to the family of Best. Post town, Maiden Newton, under Dorchester. Acreage, 1788; population, 120. Several barrows are on Fern Down. The living is annexed to Toller Fratrum. The church is a building of stone in the Early English style, and was erected in 1842. The physician Sydenham, of the time of Charles II., was a native.

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-districtMaiden Newton 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1842. 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. Lawrence (parish church)

The parish church of St. Lawrence, erected in 1842, is a building of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, transept, and a turret containing one bell; the interior was renovated in 1902; there are 80 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Wynford Eagle was in Dorchester Registration District from 1837 to 1949 and Weymouth Registration District from 1949 to 1974

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Wynford Eagle 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