Upwey, Dorset Family History Guide

Upwey is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset.

Other places in the parish include: Elwell and Ridgeway.

Alternative names: Upway

Parish church: St. Lawrence

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1654
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1731

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

  • Buckland Ripers
  • Portesham
  • Winterbourne Monkton
  • Broadway
  • Bincombe
  • Winterbourne St Martin

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

UPWAY (St. Lawrence), a parish, in the union of Weymouth, comprising the liberty of Weybey-house, the tything of Stottingway in the hundred of Culliford-Tree, and that of Elwell in the liberty of Wyke Regis and Elwell, Dorchester division of Dorset, 4½ miles (S. W. by S.) from Dorchester; the whole containing 619 inhabitants. The liberty of Weybey-house and the manor of Upway belong to the Rev. George Gould, whose ancestors were seated here as early as the reign of James I.: part of the ancient manor-house is still remaining, but the family have for some years chiefly resided at Fleet, in this county. On the estate are some excellent quarries, from which the stone was taken for the new church at Fleet. The manor of Stottingway belongs to the vicars-choral of Salisbury cathedral. Near the church, at the foot of a steep hill, rises the small river Way, which runs through the parish, and falls into the sea at Weymouth. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £18. 3. 1½., and in the gift of the Bishop of Salisbury: the tithes have been commuted for £380, and the glebe comprises 46½ acres. The church is ornamented with an embattled tower crowned by pinnacles, and has been enlarged. On Ridgway down are numerous barrows, extending from that part of the ridge opposite Sutton-Pointz to beyond Long Bredy, a distance of nearly six miles, in a direction parallel to the ancient Roman road called Via Iceniana.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Census returns for Upway, 1841-1891

Church Records

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

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1798-1807 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Upway (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Upway, 1654-1973 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Upway (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office


Spotlight on a parish–Upwey in Dorset Author: Nineham, Alan

Land and property

Land tax assessments for the liberty of Wabyhouse, 1780-1832

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Overseers of the poor account book, 1828-1894 Author: Upway (Dorset)


Land tax assessments for the liberty of Wabyhouse, 1780-1832


  • County: Dorset
  • Civil Registration District: Weymouth
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Dorset
  • Diocese: Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Dorchester
  • Poor Law Union: Weymouth
  • Hundred: Culliford Tree; Wabyhouse Liberty
  • Province: Canterbury