Cheselbourne is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Alternative names: Cheselborne, Chesilborne, Chesilbourne

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1644
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1731

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Puddletown
  • Piddlehinton
  • Milton Abbas
  • Piddletrenthide
  • Melcombe Horsey
  • Buckland Newton
  • Dewlish
  • Hilton

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CHESELBORNE, a parish, in the union of Cerne, hundred of Whiteway, Cerne division of Dorset, 10½ miles (S. W. by W.) from Blandford-Forum; containing 346 inhabitants. It comprises about 2580 acres, chiefly arable and pasture land; 622 acres are common or waste: the surface is hilly, and the soil, which is watered by three small streams, in general chalky. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £18. 10. 5.; net income, £254; patron, Lord Rivers. The glebe contains 40 acres, with a glebe-house. In the churchyard is an ancient stone cross.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Chesilborne, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Cheselborne., 1731-1879 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Cheselborne (Dorsetshire)

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1785-1798 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Cheselborne (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Cheselborne, 1644-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Cheselborne (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office


Survey and rental in Cheselborne, Dorset, mid 17th century Author: Manor of Cheselborne (Dorset)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Overseers account books, 1735-1805 Author: Cheselborne (Dorset)


  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Dorchester
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Whitchurch
  • Poor Law Union: Cerne
  • Hundred: Whiteway
  • Province: Canterbury

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