Arne is a chapelry of Wareham Ecclesiastical Parish in Dorset.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Nicholas

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1762
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1731

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Corfe Castle
  • Hamworthy
  • Wareham

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ARNE, a parish in Wareham district, Dorset; on the W side of Poole harbour, 4 miles E of Wareham r. station. Post Town, Wareham. Acres, 4,196; of which 1,580 are water. Real property, with Earlsmead and Haymoor, £524. Pop., 139. Houses, 30. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the rectory of Wareham, in the diocese of Salisbury.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ARNE, a parochial chapelry, in the union of Wareham and Purbeck, hundred of Hasilor, Wareham division of Dorset, 4 miles (E. by N.) from Wareham; containing 168 inhabitants; and comprising 1068a. 2r. 21p., exclusive of 1754 acres of common or waste. The village is situated on the shore of Poole harbour, between Wareham and Brownsey Island. On the summit of an eminence connected with a bank of gravel or pebbles, extending north-eastward into the harbour, is a large barrow, which was formerly used as a beacon. The living is a perpetual curacy, in the patronage of the Rector of Wareham. The chapel, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is a plain structure of ancient date.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Arne, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Arne, 1731-1880 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Arne (Dorsetshire)

Parish chest records for Arne, 1802-1911 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Arne (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Arne, 1762-1942 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Arne (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office


Vision of Britain historical maps


  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Wareham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Whitchurch
  • Poor Law Union: Wareham and Purbeck
  • Hundred: Hasilor
  • Province: Canterbury

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