Upcerne is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Alternative names: Up Cerne, Upper Cerne

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1650
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1731

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Cerne Abbas
  • Hilfield
  • Batcombe
  • Sydling St Nicholas
  • Minterne Magna

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

CERNE, UPPER, a parish, in the union of Dorchester and Cerne, hundred of Sherborne, Sherborne division of Dorset, 9 miles (N. N. W.) from Dorchester; containing 107 inhabitants. This place was for some time the property of Sir Walter Raleigh: there are still remains of the ancient manor-house. The parish is watered by a branch of the river Cerne, and comprises by computation 1200 acres. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king’s books at £5. 18. 4., and in the patronage of John White, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £160; the glebe comprises 15 acres, with a glebe-house. The church is a very old structure, and contains a font of large dimensions.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Up-Cerne, 1841-1891

Church Records

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

Marriages at Up Cerne, 1682-1811 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Upper Cerne (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Upper Cerne, 1650-1967 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Upper Cerne (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office


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

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