Yetminster, Dorset Family History Guide

Yetminster is an Ancient Parish in the county of Dorset. Chetnole is a chapelry of Yetminster.

Alternative names: Yetminster with Chetnole

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1677
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1579

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Melbury Osmond
  • Leigh
  • Bradford Abbas
  • Chetnole
  • Beer Hackett
  • Ryme Instrinseca
  • Stockwood
  • Lillington

Parish History

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

YETMINSTER (St. Andrew), a parish, and formerly a market-town, in the union of Sherborne, hundred of Yetminster, Sherborne division of Dorset, 5¼ miles (S. W.) from Sherborne; containing, with the chapelries of Chetnole and Leigh, 1246 inhabitants, of whom 628 are in Yetminster township. This parish, which lies on the western border of the county, and gives name to the hundred, comprises by measurement 1575 acres. There are quarries of good limestone, and of a very hard freestone for building. The village, situated near the river Ivel, consists of a long well-built street, having still the appearance of a town. In the year 1300, the Bishop of Sarum obtained from Edward I. a grant for a market and fair, which was confirmed by Richard II.; the market has long been disused, and fairs are now held on April 23rd and October 1st. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of the Bishop, valued in the king’s books at £20. 14. 7.: the great tithes have been commuted for £160, and the vicarial for £250; the glebe consists of garden and orchard ground attached to the glebe-house. The church is a large ancient structure, with a lofty square embattled tower crowned by pinnacles. At Leigh and Chetnole are chapels of ease. The Hon. Robert Boyle, in 1699, bequeathed an estate now producing more than £70 per annum, for teaching 26 boys; the master has a house, with a garden and orchard.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

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Buildings, dwellings, etc.

The houses of Yetminster Author: Machin, R.; University of Bristol. Department of Extra-mural Studies

Cemeteries

St. Andrew’s Church, Yetminster, Dorset, memorial inscriptions Author: Hayward, Nina; Lawson, Elizabeth; Windridge, Nora; Yetminster Local History Society

Census

Census returns for Yetminster, 1841-1891

Church history

St. Andrew’s Church, Yetminster Author: Berthoud, Jocelyn; Windridge, Nora

Church Records

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

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1745-1881 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Yetminster (Dorsetshire)

Churchwardens’ accounts, 1803-1871 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Leigh (Dorsetshire)

Marriage transcripts, 1677-1837 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Yetminster (Dorsetshire)

Parish registers for Chetnole, 1827-1993 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Chetnole (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

Parish registers for Leigh, 1847-1992 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Leigh (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

Parish registers for Yetminster, 1677-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Yetminster (Dorsetshire); Dorset Record Office

History

Badges and beans : the annals of the poor of Yetminster hundred, Dorset, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Author: Hayward, Nina; Windridge, Nora

The book of Yetminster : a changing village Author: Hill, Shelagh M.

Yetminster and beyond Author: Hayward, Nina

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Badges and beans : the annals of the poor of Yetminster hundred, Dorset, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Author: Hayward, Nina; Windridge, Nora

Probate records

Index to wills, 1615-1799 ; Original wills, 1654-1799 Author: Church of England. Prebendal Court (Yetminster and Grimston)

Probate inventories & Manorial excepts of Chetnole, Leigh and Yetminster Author: Machin, R.

Administration

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