Bradford Peverell

Bradford Peverell is a parish and a small village situated in the valley of the River Frome just 3 miles north west from Dorchester. The church of St Mary is situated in the middle of the village and the elegant spire serves as a clear landmark. It was largely rebuilt in 1850, although there is some old glass in the chancel windows, some of it from New College, Oxford. There are memorials to the Middleton family.

Bradford Peverell is the birthplace of the historian John Hutchins, who was born in 1698. His work on the history of the county, History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset, was published in 1774.

There are 2,700 acres and the soil is mainly chalk and gravel with the chief crop being corn. In 1871 the population was 405 employed chiefly in agriculture. Muckleford is a hamlet  in the parish and Penn Hill is noted for its prehistoric barrows. There is no Post Office but there is a National School and Mrs Edith Miles is the schoolmistress.
Description extracted from Kelly's 1880 directory. Photographs OPC Project 2003-2012

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Census 1841 Census transcribed [Tony Cake]
1851 Census transcribed [John Ridout]
1861 Census transcribed [Royston Clarke]
Transcriptions of any other census welcomed
Parish Registers
The parish registers date from 1653
There are Bishops Transcripts from 1731
Postal Directories Extract from Harrods 1865 Directory and names from the 1880 Kelly's Directory
Photographs Photographs of the Church and Village
Photographs of Memorials and Plaques at St Mary's Church [Jan Hibberd]
Monumental Inscriptions A list of names on Headstones & Tombs in the burial ground
Links Bradford Peverell Village Website - contains Village History and many photographs
Maps The 1891 ordinance survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Bradford Peverell' under place search.
BradfordPeverellMap.jpg (113754 bytes) For modern location maps visit:-
For a 1920s map of the area click on the thumbnail on the left.


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