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including the Chapelry of West Milton

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Powerstock (or Poorstock) is 4 miles north east from Bridport.  Within the parish is Eggerton Hill which has the remains of two Roman camps. The church of St Mary, situated on a hill over the village, dates from Norman times and the chancel arch is an excellent example of Early Norman architecture. Outside is a very rare 13th century Dole Table, from pre-Reformation times when charitable doles of bread were distributed to the poor. Inside the south entrance is a 15th century carving of a king and crowned woman giving bread to children. The church registers date from 1568. 

Photograph courtesy of Kerri 1997. Link to more photographs below.

Photograph courtesy of Alison Preston

Within the parish lie the tithings of South Poorton, West Milton and Nettlecombe. At West Milton is St Mary Magdalene's, a chapel of ease to Powerstock church erected in 1873, there was also a Wesleyan chapel in the hamlet. Nettlecombe contained a fine old manor house called Mappercombe which is now a farm house, there was also a Wesleyan chapel in this hamlet and the railway station used to be here.

A school was built in Powerstock in 1849 for 122 children. The parish comprises 4123 acres of varied soil types. The chief crops used to be wheat, barley and flax, with some land in pasture. The population in 1891 698

Separate Registers for West Milton exist dating from 1837.

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Census 1841 Census [John Ridout]
1861 Census
1871 Census [John Ridout]
1891 Census [John Ridout]
Parish Registers Baptisms 1739, 1784, 1788-89, 1803, 1820,
1849-50, 1853-54, 1861, 1869-70, 1878-79 [Louise Anning]
Marriages 1837-1920 [Louise Anning]
Burials 1813-1851, 1851-1895 [Louise Anning]
West Milton Marriages 1837-1921 [Louise Anning]
Bishops Transcripts Baptisms  1731-1777, 1778-1817, 1818-1843, 1844-1880 [Sandy Pearcey]
Marriages 1568-17191720-1837 [Sandy Pearcey]
Overseers Accounts Extracts from the Overseers Accounts 1756-1757 and 1757-1758
List of Overseers 1747-1774
Wills A index of Wills and Administrations for Powerstock residents proven in Dorset
Hearth Tax
Protestation Return
A short list of those paying the Hearth Tax in 1663 [Tony Higgins]
Those named in the Protestation Return of 1641 [Tony Higgins]
Photographs Ten photographs of the church and village
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Powerstock' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:-
Records held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1568-1970. Marriages 1568-1995. Burials 1568-1895.


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