Durweston, Dorset Family History Guide

Durweston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Other places in the parish include: Knighton.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Nicholas

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1730
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1731

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Turnworth
  • Winterbourne Stickland
  • Bryanston
  • Blandford Forum
  • Shillingstone
  • Stourpaine

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

DURWESTON (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the union of Blandford, hundred of Pimperne, Blandford division of Dorset, 3 miles (N. W.) from Blandford; containing, with the tything of Knighton, 468 inhabitants. It comprises 1900 acres, and is situated on the river Stour, over which is a bridge, to the east of the village; the surface is hilly, and the soil chalky. Knighton, formerly a distinct parish, has long been consolidated with Durweston. The living is a rectory, with that of Bryanston united, valued in the king’s books at £13. 11. 3., and in the gift of Lord Portman: the tithes have been commuted for £263, and the glebe comprises 111 acres.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census

Census returns for Durweston, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Durweston, 1731-1878 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Durweston (Dorsetshire)

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1796-1943 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Durweston (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Durweston, 1730-1975 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Durweston (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

Tithe map for Durweston, 1837 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Durweston (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

History

A-Z of Dorset–Durweston Author: Buck, Martin

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: Pimperne
  • Province: Canterbury