Bere Regis

Extract from Piggott’s Directory of Dorsetshire 1830

Transcribed by Justin Standfield


Beer-Regis is a village and parish in the hundred of its name; 112 miles from London, and 8 from Blandford.  Its name is derived from the small river Beer, upon which it is seated; and from its having been anciently a royal demesne.  Queen Elfrida had a seat here, to which she retired immediately after the murder of her son-on-law, Edward the Martyr.  This place had the charter of a market granted to it by King John, and was constituted a borough by Edward I; it may hence be supposed that Beer was of more importance in those days than at present; for it is now so inconsiderable that the market has fallen into disuse.  The inhabitants are mostly employed in agriculture, and the cutting of wood for making faggots; the country around here being more rich in wood than any other part in the south of Dorset.  The parish church is a small edifice; the living is a vicarage, of which the Rev Carrington Ley is the incumbent.  Here are two meeting-houses for dissenters, and an endowed school for educating and clothing eight boys.  A fair is held at Woodbury Hill, about half a mile distant, on the 18th September and three following days.   The parish of Beer-Regis, including the tything of Shytterton, contained by the last returns 1,080 inhabitants.


Post – Letters are forwarded to and received from Blandford daily.

Gentry & Clergy:

Barker Rev Thomas, Burgess

Brewer William esq, Milborne

Drax John Stanley Wanley Sawbridge Erle esq, Charborough Park

Frampton – esq, Moreton

Ley Rev Carrington, Beer-Regis

Pickhard Rev George, Bloxworth

Pleydell Morton esq, Watcombe


Public Houses:

Drax’s Arms, James Kitcat

Royal Oak, John Casher


Shopkeepers & Traders:

Ash James Bryor, carpenter

Battrick John, shoemaker

Bellows William L, shopkeeper

Biles William, smith

Brydle Joseph, tailor & draper

Case Peter, linen draper

Clinch Joseph, tailor

Gallop Joshua, grocer

Gaulton Henry, cabinet maker

Gould John, grocer & confectioner

Hibbs Edward, smith

Hibbs Edward, linen draper

Hoare Robert, bricklayer

Homer Giles, tin-plate worker

House Henry, carpenter

Lane Thomas, tailor

Lane William, shoemaker

Lewis Benjamin Whitehead, grocer, draper & spirit merchant

Northover William, painter &c.

Nott Thomas, surgeon

Rossiter Jas., miller, Beer Marsh

Shave John, saddler &c.

Shepherd Francis, painter & glazier

Shepherd Thomas, bricklayer

Stroud Robert, miller

Vincent Ann, shopkeeper

Vincent John, bricklayer

White William, cooper

Winshall John, carpenter

Winsor James, ironmonger

Woolfreys John, shoemaker



To Dorchester, Wm. Taper, every Saturday

To Poole, Wm. Taper, every Thursday