Bothenhampton is a parish now forming a suburb of Bridport. Bothenhampton was a settlement in Saxon times and in the Domesday Book of 1086, it was part of the manor of Loders, it was then called Bothenamtone. It was originally a separate village but modern expansion has enveloped it. At the east end of the village are the remains of the original 14th century church comprising the tower and chancel. When the church became too small, instead of rebuilding it, a new church was constructed in 1887.

 New Holy Trinity, Bothenhampton
Photograph courtesy of the Bothenhampton Church
Web Site

Old Holy Trinity
Courtesy of the Bothenhampton Village Web Site

Although it appears plain from the outside the interior has received national acclaim. The new church is on a hill about a mile from the small port of West Bay. The registers date from 1722. The area of the parish is only 833 acres and the soil is clay and loam. During the 19th century the chief crops were wheat, barley, flax and some pasture. In 1801 in the population was 334, in 1891 it was 490 and by 2001 was nearly 2000. 

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Bothenhampton is Bernard Meech
You may contact him by e-mail if you have further queries

Census 1841 Census transcribed by Pearl Blanking

1861 Census transcribed by Royston Clarke
1871 Census transcribed by John Ridout

1881 Census this can be searched free on the LDS Site.

Parish Registers
The parish registers date from 1722, the following transcriptions are available:-
Marriages  1638-1812
Postal Directories  
Photographs Visit this page for more photographs of the parish
Records held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1726-1977. Marriages 1734-1992. Burials 1725/6-1915. Banns 1754-1809.

Christenings 1726-1837. Marriages 1734-1837. Burials 1725-1837.


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