Belchalwell, Dorset Family History Guide

Belchalwell is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Other places in the parish include: Fifehead St Quintin and Lower Fifehead.

Alternative names: Bellchalwell

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1842
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1733

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Turnworth
  • Ibberton
  • Childe Okeford
  • Fifehead Neville
  • Okeford Fitzpaine
  • Hazelbury Bryan
  • Wooland
  • Sturminster Newton
  • Hammoon

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BELLCHALWELL, a parish, in the union of Sturminster, hundred of Cranborne, Sturminster division of Dorset, 8 miles (W. N. W.) from Blandford-Forum; containing 225 inhabitants, and comprising 1308 acres, of which 222 are common or waste. The living is a discharged rectory, united in 1776 to the rectory of Fifehead-Neville, and valued in the king’s books at £7. 15. The tithes have been commuted for £260, and there are 3 acres of glebe.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census

Where elm trees grew : Fiddleford in Dorset Author: Hall, Olive A.

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Bellchalwell, 1733-1879 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bellchalwell (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Bellchalwell, 1697-1998 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bellchalwell (Dorsetshire); Church of England. Parish Church of Fifehead-Neville (Dorsetshire); Church of England. Parish Church of Blandford-St. Mary (Dorsetshire); Cuttridge, Roger; Dorset Record Office

Administration

  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Sturminster
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Shaftesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Sturminster
  • Hundred: Cranborne
  • Province: Canterbury