Alton Pancras, Dorset Family History Guide

Alton Pancras is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1673
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1586

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Cerne Abbas
  • Piddletrenthide
  • Mappowder
  • Buckland Newton

Historical Descriptions

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].


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • 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