Bradford Abbas, Dorset Family History Guide

Bradford Abbas is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Other places in the parish include: Clifton Maybank.

Alternative names: Bradford Abbas with Clifton Maybank

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1579
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1729

Nonconformists include: Presbyterian

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BRADFORD-ABBAS (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Sherborne, Sherborne division of Dorset, 4 miles (W. S. W.) from Sherborne; containing 652 inhabitants. It comprises 1139a. 1r. 30p., of which 774 acres are arable, 336 pasture, and 29 woodland: the soil is partly of a sandy and partly of a stony nature; the surface is generally hilly, and where flat subject to inundation. The river Ivel passes through. The living is a vicarage, with which the rectory of Clifton-Mabank was united in 1824, valued in the king’s books at £7. 17. 11., and in the gift of the Warden and Fellows of Winchester College, who exchanged the living of Milbourne-Port for this in 1824. The Marquess of Anglesey has commuted his share of the great tithes for £193. 17. 11.; the Warden and Fellows receive £45, and the vicarial tithes of the parish have been commuted for £156: the glebe belonging to the impropriator comprises nearly nine acres, and that of the vicar nearly 9½. The church is an elegant structure in the later English style, with a lofty square embattled tower of graceful elevation. The Rev. William Preston, in 1738, gave an estate now worth £24 per annum; and in 1781, Mark West and William Read gave property producing £12. 5. per annum; for which sums children are educated on the national system.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census

Census returns for Bradford-Abbas, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Bradford-Abbas, 1729-1875 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bradford-Abbas (Dorsetshire)

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1775-1875 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bradford-Abbas (Dorsetshire)

England, Somerset, Banwell, Wesleyan Methodist circuit, Church records, 1838-1897 Author: Wesleyan Methodist Church. Banwell Circuit (Somersetshire); Bristol Record Office (Gloucestershire)

Parish registers for Bradford-Abbas, 1579-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bradford-Abbas (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

Parish registers for Clifton-Maybank, 1714-1789 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Clifton-Maybank (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

History

Bradford Abbas : the history of a Dorset village Author: Garrett, Eric

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Poor law records, 1798-1863 Author: Bradford-Abbas (Dorset)

Public records

Poor law records, 1798-1863 Author: Bradford-Abbas (Dorset)

Schools

Parish registers for Bradford-Abbas, 1579-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Bradford-Abbas (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

School records for Bradford-Abbas, 1795-1908 Author: Bradford-Abbas School (Bradford-Abbas, Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

Administration

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