Photograph of St Andrews courtesy of Alison Lavine .
Old postcard below shows the Post Office circa 1910-1920

Bloxworth [or Blocksworth] is a parish situated about 6 miles north-by-west from Wareham. The church of St Andrew is a small ancient structure, with chancel, nave [the former was rebuilt and restored by the rector in 1870] and square tower containing 2 bells, one of which is of the 14th century and around the rim is a very curious inscription; it contains several memorials to the Trenchard and Pickering families, and the manorial pew has fresco armorial designs belonging to the Savages, lords of the manor previous to the year 1700; this is one of the very few churches where the original hour glass and stand, by which, after the Reformation, the length of the sermon was regulated, still exists.

The registers date from the year 1579. The parish comprises a long strip of land about 3 miles by 1 between the parishes of Morden and Bere Regis running north and south; the soil of the northern portion is chalk, of the middle clay and of the southern part gravel and sand. The chief crops are wheat and barley; the extent is 2776 acres of cultivated wood and heath lands. The population in 1871 was 270. William Russell is postmaster. The school was built in 1874 and the mistress is Miss Mary Coles
Extract from Kelly's Directory 1880. 

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Census 1841,  1851, 1861, 1871 & 1891 [Julia Chaplin]
1881 [Terry Smith]
Parish Registers Marriages 1581-1837 [Kim Parker]
Postal Directories  
Monumental Inscriptions St Andrew's Monumental Inscriptions index [Jan Hibberd]
Maps The 1891 ordnance survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Bloxworth' under place search.
BloxworthMap.jpg (123359 bytes) For modern location maps visit:-
For a 1920s map click on the thumbnail  opposite


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