Blandford St Mary, Dorset Family History Guide

Blandford St Mary is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Other places in the parish include: Thornicombe and Littleton.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1581
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1732

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BLANDFORD (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Blandford, hundred of Coombs-Ditch, Blandford division of Dorset, ¾ of a mile (S.) from BlandfordForum; containing 407 inhabitants. This parish, situated near the river Stour, and on the road to Dorchester, comprises 1557 acres of arable and pasture land in nearly equal portions; the soil is generally chalk. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £15. 17. 8½., and in the patronage of Miss Burrough: the tithes have been commuted for £300, and there are 40 acres of glebe. The church, with the exception of the tower, was rebuilt in 1711, by Governor Pitt, ancestor of the Earl of Chatham and of Lord Camelford; it is in the Grecian style, and contains the remains of many of the Pitt family. Browne Willis, the antiquary, was born here, Sept. 14th, 1682. In 1833, six skeletons were discovered about a quarter of a mile from Blandford Bridge; a single skeleton was also found a short distance from the others, and a variety of Roman coins, a Greek coin, a bronze figure of Our Saviour, and a glass vessel two inches in length, evidently formed in a mould, and impressed with two grotesque heads.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census

Census returns for Blandford-St. Mary, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Blandford-St. Mary, 1732-1879 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Blandford-St. Mary (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Blandford-St. Mary, 1581-1953 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Blandford-St. Mary (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

History

Blandford Author: Smith, Peter

Blandford St. Mary : a singular settlement and church Æthelred II to Elizabeth II Author: Murphy, Francis

A village heritage, the story of Blandford St. Mary Author: Almack, T. F.

Administration

  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Blandford
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Whitchurch
  • Poor Law Union: Blandford
  • Hundred: Coombs Ditch
  • Province: Canterbury