Thornford, Dorset Family History Guide

Thornford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Mary Magdalene

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1676
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1579

Nonconformists include: Christians

Adjacent Parishes

  • Bradford Abbas
  • Beer Hackett
  • Lillington
  • Sherborne

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

THORNFORD (St. Mary Magdalene), a parish, in the union and hundred of Sherborne, Sherborne division of Dorset, 3 miles (S. W.) from Sherborne; containing 394 inhabitants, and comprising 1300 acres. The road from Sherborne to Evershot runs through the parish. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king’s books at £6. 17. 3.; net income, £200; patron, Earl Digby: the glebe contains about 28 acres, with a house. The church was anciently a chapel dependent on Sherborne Abbey. The Wesleyans have a place of worship.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census

Census returns for Thornford, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Thomford., 1579-1880 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Thornford (Dorsetshire)

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1659-1896 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Thornford (Dorsetshire)

Parish register extracts, 1780-1862 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Thornford (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Thornford, 1676-1998 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Thornford (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

The registers of Thornford, Co. Dorset, 1677-1812 Author: Thornford (Parish : Dorset); Fry, Edw. Alex. (Edward Alexander), 1854-1934

Administration

  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Sherborne
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Salisbury
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 - None, Post-1846 - Shaftesbury
  • Poor Law Union: Sherborne
  • Hundred: Sherborne
  • Province: Canterbury