including the Rectory of Charborough
Interior of St Mary's
Courtesy of Catherine Marks
The tranquil rural parish of Morden
(or Moreden) lies north of the
Purbeck Hills, 5 miles north of Wareham and 6 miles north-west of Poole,
comprising the hamlets of Morden, East Morden, West Morden,
Charborough and Whitefields.
The name is thought to derive from the Saxon word for heath, “mor”,
and “dune”. At the time of Domesday it was divided amongst several
landowners, the most important of whom was Walter de Clavile. Eventually it passed to the
Matravers family, and ultimately to the Drax family, with whom it was long associated.
From 587 in 1801, the population had almost doubled by 1851 to 1,018 souls, but stood at only 325 in 2001.
Other famous sons include
Samuel Smith, born at Morden on 17th July 1812 who, together with his
wife Frances and his son Sidney Smith, also born at Morden on 4th March 1837, emigrated to Australia in 1847
and worked to found the famous
vineyards of the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
1861 (Julie Chaplin)
West Morden 1841, 1871 (Julie Chaplin)
East Morden 1861, 1871 (Julie Chaplin)
|Directories||Kelly's Directory & other Gazetteers
|Photographs||Photos by Kim Parker
Photos from others
Earle Family Effigies
|Wills||Index of wills of Morden residents|
|Other Records||Tudor Subsidy Rolls
Morden Roll of Honour
18th Century Church Contributors
|Registers held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1575-1640, 1653-1694/5, 1719-1854. Marriages 1575-1639, 1654-1656, 1662-1677, 1685-1693/4, 1719-1795, 1813-2001. Burials 1575-c1615, 1653-1672, 1678-1693/4, 1719-1872. Banns 1823-1853.
Christenings 1576-1722, 1770-1854. Marriages 1575-1837. Burials 1575-1837.
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