Turnworth, Dorset Family History Guide

Turnworth is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Other places in the parish include: Thornicombe.

Alternative names: Turnwood

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1577
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1731

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Durweston
  • Ibberton
  • Winterbourne Stickland
  • Okeford Fitzpaine
  • Shillingstone
  • Belchalwell

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

TURNWORTH (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Blandford, hundred of Cranborne, Blandford division of Dorset, 5 miles (W. by N.) from Blandford; containing 89 inhabitants. It comprises by computation 1560a. 1r. 39p., of which 528 acres are arable, 805 pasture, 95 woodland, 17 orchard and garden, and 88 waste. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £10. 12. 3., and in the gift of the Bishop of Salisbury: the tithes have been commuted for £125, and the glebe contains 25 acres.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Turnworth, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Turnworth., 1731-1880 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Turnworth (Dorsetshire)

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1721-1929 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Turnworth (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Turnworth, 1577-1972 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Turnworth (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Overseers papers, 1823-1840 Author: Turnworth (Dorset)


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