Alton Pancras is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.
Parish church: St. Pancratius
Parish registers begin:
- Parish registers: 1673
- Bishop’s Transcripts: 1586
- Cerne Abbas
- Buckland Newton
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870
ALTON-PANCRAS, a parish and a liberty in Dorchester district, Dorset. The parish lies on the Downs, 2½ miles NE of Cerne-Abbas, and 7 E by S of Evershot r. station. Post Town, Cerne under Dorchester. Acres, 2,243. Real property, £2,642. Pop., 270. Houses, 55. The property is subdivided. The parish is a meet for the Blackmoor harriers. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £208. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The church is good. The liberty is co-extensive with the parish.
Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].
A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848
ALTON-PANCRAS (St. Pancratius), a parish and liberty, in the union of Cerne, Cerne division of Dorset, 8¼ miles (N.) from Dorchester; containing 248 inhabitants. The two manors, or parcels of demesne land, called Alton Borealis and Alton Australis, till lately constituted the endowment of two prebends in the cathedral of Salisbury. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £9; net income, £120; patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury, who are also appropriators. The church is dedicated to St. Pancratius, a nobleman of Phrygia, who suffered martyrdom under Diocletian at Rome in the third century.
Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848
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Land and property
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- County: Dorset
- Civil Registration District: Dorchester
- Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Salisbury
- Diocese: Salisbury
- Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 – None, Post-1846 – Whitchurch
- Poor Law Union: Cerne
- Hundred: Alton Pancras Liberty
- Province: Canterbury