Puddletown (or Piddletown)
Puddletown or Piddletown is an extensive parish and town on the river Piddle, 5 miles north-east from Dorchester. The Church of St Mary is in the Later English style and comprises a chancel, nave, embattled tower. It contains a Norman font and several effigies of the Martin family as well as numerous tombs and brasses. The registers date from 1723. Here is also a Congregational Chapel. The houses are mostly compact and well-built with a few good shops.
was held here formerly, but it has been for a long time discontinued.
Near Heedless Williams Pond are the remains of a cross. Islington House
is a mansion within the parish. The soil is sandy, subsoil chalk, there
is much heath and moor land with good shooting. The chief crops are
barley, turnips and grass. The area is 7,653 acres and the population in
1871 was 1,249. Waterson, Islington and Northbrook are hamlets within
the parish. The village had its own post office, registrar, collector of
taxes, police office and schools.
The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Puddletown is Glenda Lightowler
1881 Census (Troytown area only)
I can provide look-ups for the 1881 census
Note. Kelly's Directory states registers date from 1723 but a transcription of marriages done in 1914 dates from 1538.
1738-1772, 1773-1792, 1793-1813, 1813-1830, 1831-1846 from BTs
1538 - 1812 from Philimores
1739-1813, 1813-1836, 1839-1845 from BTs
1738-1776, 1777-1813, 1813-1837, 1838-1845 from BTs
|Other Records||Monumental Inscriptions Index [Jan Hibberd]|
|Postal Directories||Directories for 1865, 1895 & 1935|
of the Church, cemetery and parish.
Also photographs of all the Church Memorials from the interior
Photographs and transcriptions of the Memorial Stones in the Churchyard [Jan Hibberd]
|Maps||The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Puddletown or Piddletown' under place search.|
location maps visit:-
An Idyllic early 19th century painting of the village
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