Tolpuddle is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Other places in the parish include: Park and Southover.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1718
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1732

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

TOLPUDDLE, a parish, in the union of Dorchester, hundred of Piddletown, Dorchester division of Dorset, 7 miles (E. N. E.) from Dorchester; containing 368 inhabitants. The parish comprises 1856 acres, of which 169 are common or waste; the soil is chalky. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king’s books at £15. 7. 3½.; net income, £240; patrons and appropriators, the Dean and Canons of Christ Church, Oxford, whose tithes have been commuted for £400, and who have a glebe of 10 acres. The church is a small ancient fabric, built of rubble. There is a place of worship for Wesleyans.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Tolpuddle, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Tolpuddle., 1732-1880 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Tolpuddle (Dorsetshire)

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1776-1916 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Tolpuddle (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Tolpuddle, 1718-1994 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Tolpuddle (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office


The Book of the martyrs of Tolpuddle, 1834-1934 : the story of the Dorsetshire labourers who were convicted and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for forming a trade union

Pidela : an account of the village of Tolpuddle, Dorset, from early times Author: Wirdnam, Audrey


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

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