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St Martin's Church, Lillington Denis Mouland 2010

Lillington is a parish and hamlet in the north-west of Dorset situated about 3 miles south of Sherborne and 5 south-east from Yeovil, lying just off the main road between Sherborne and Dorchester. This small community is entirely rural, with its scattered cottages and farm buildings.

The church is dedicated to St. Martin of Tours and dates mainly from the 13th Century. Adjacent to the church stands the old Tithe Barn, which has been tatefully coverted for residential use.

In 1871 the population was 186, and the parish extended over 1807 acres. The parish was historically in the hundred, union and division of Sherborne. In 2001 the population was 82.

Leweston is an extra-parochial liberty, separated from Lillington by a ridge. Leweston Manor has been home to many notable residents, such as the Fitzjames family, but was sold in 1948 to St. Anthony's School, who still occupy the site today. In the grounds sits Holy Trinity Chapel, one of the first post-Reformation churches, containing several monuments to former occupants of the Manor.

Knighton is 1 mile south-west and the outlying farmsteads of Stockbridge, Holmbushes, Bailey Ridge and Whitfield also belong to the parish of Lillington.

Old Tithe Barn, Lillington Denis Mouland 2010

The new Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Lillington is Luke Mouland
Luke can be contacted by email, click on his name above to generate a correctly addressed mail

All transcriptions by Luke Mouland unless otherwise indicated

Census 1841 [Caryl Parsons]
1851, 1861, 1871 & 1891
1901 [Keith Searson]
Parish Registers Baptisms 1582-1712 [BT] [Kim Parker]
Marriages 1585-1712 [BT] [Kim Parker]
Burials 1582-1712 [BT] [Kim Parker]
Trade & Postal Directories Trade Directories 1851-1931
Other Records PCC Wills Index
Probate Index

Marriage Licenses Index
Certificates of Banns Index

Overseers of the Poor Records Index
Monumental Inscriptions Lillington Church Memorials (including photographs)
St Martin's Monumental Inscriptions index [Brian Webber]
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Lillington' under place search.
Records held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1712-1810. Marriages 1712-1975. Burials 1712-1810. Banns 1754-1812
Note that the Registers for Christenings & Burials from 1810 remain in use in the Church to the present day


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