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Iwerne Minster

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Iwerne Minster (or Ewerne) is a parish and village in North Dorset, situated under Cranborne Chase in the Blackmore Vale. Formerly it was part of the Shaftesbury Union, and is situated 6 miles North from Blandford, and 6 South from Shafetsbury. The population in 1861 was 712, acreage, 2,949. Today the village has a population of 889 (2001 census). Iwerne Minster is home to Clayesmore School, a fee-paying boarding and day school.

The Church of St. Mary's (right) has been included in "England's thousand best churches" by S. Jenkins and it is well worth a visit. The church built by the Normans in 1100 was erected over an earlier church foundation and since that time there have been other restorations including the "halving" during the 19th century of the church steeple.

The River Iwerne, which lends its name to Iwerne Minster is an ancient river whose name came from the Celtic and a much older origin from this ancient language is believed to mean "yew-tree stream". In the Domesday Book of 1086 the spelling was Evneminstre; however a Saxon charter dated 871 refers to "ywen". The Old English "mynster" (church) is probably referring to the 10th century Abbey that was in possession of the church, at that time.


St Mary, Iwerne Minster (Courtesy Michael Day, Dorset Churches) 

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Census 1861 Census transcribed by Royston Clarke
1871 Census transcribed by Nicola Merrifield
1881 Census transcribed by Ralph Woolfrey
Parish Registers/Bishops Transcripts Baptisms
1731-1779 [BT] - Hilary Aitchison
1780-1812 [BT] - Hilary Aitchison
1731-1779 [BT] - Hilary Aitchison
1780-1812 [BT] - Hilary Aitchison
1731-1779 [BT] - Hilary Aitchison
1780-1812 [BT] - Hilary Aitchison
Postal Directories
Other Records St Mary'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 'Iwerne Minster' under place search.
Links Iwerne Minster Parish Council
Visit Iwerne Minster
Records held at the Dorset History Centre Registers
Christenings 1742-1935. Marriages 1742-1994. Burials 1742-1885, Banns 1754-1994.


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