Dorset OPC


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is a small parish of 694 hectares, on the River Frome, 3½ miles North-West of Dorchester.  The village of Stratton and the hamlets of Grimstone, Ash Hill and Wrackleford within the parish, have a total population of about 630, living in 279 properties.
(Source - Stratton Parish Plan, 2006)

St. Mary’s Church, Stratton was largely rebuilt in 1891, although of the 13th  Century Early English building, the Porch, Chancel Arch, Hagioscope and Font remain. The 14th Century Tower houses a spiral staircase from the Tudor period  and five bells.

St Mary's Stratton

Green Hall & Pub

In the Churchyard is an ancient Stone Cross. Parish Registers date  from 1561. (Source - Friends of St. Mary’s, Stratton)

Stratton Village Hall and the Saxon Arms Public House were both constructed during 2000/1 adjacent to the Village Green. The village has sports facilities for football, tennis, volleyball, badminton and boules.

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Stratton is Colin Jackson

Census 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
Parish Registers
, 1789-1812, 1813-1920
, 1754-1803, 1805-1836, 1837-1921

1561-1798, 1798-1975
Postal Directories Hunt's & Co's 1851
Post Office      1855
, 1859, 1875
Kelly's              1889
, 1895, 1915, 1927, 1939
Wills Wills listed on Documents Online
Wills and related documents at the Wiltshire Record Office
War Records Stratton War Memorial
List of Parishioners who served in the Great War

Dedication of the War Memorial Cross

Men of the Parish who served in WWI

Men of the Parish who served in WWII
Other Transcriptions Extracts from "The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset" by John Hutchins, M.A.
Militia List 1758
including Grimstone
Militia List 1796
including Grimstone
1918 Register of Electors including Absent Voters

Extracts from the London Gazette 1836-1922
Extracts from Vestry Mettings 1857-1867
Old Stone Cross
Church Goods 1552
Some Ancient Customs
Removal Orders (to Stratton) Henry Daw 1781
William Everett 1792
William Woodland 1809
Ann Bartlett 1823
William Talbot 1833
Sarah Courtney 1849
Settlement Examinations William Allen 1798
Photographs Stratton - Past & Present
The Bells of St. Mary's Church, Stratton
Website Stratton Dorset Village Website [External] [Managed by Colin Jackson]
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the
Stratton Map  

Records held at the Dorset History Centre
[Ref PE-STR]
Christenings 1561-1920. Marriages 1562-1748, 1754-1962.
Burials 1561-1993.
Registration District
(for the purpose of civil registration births, marriages, deaths & civil partnerships)
1 Jul 1837-30 Jun 1949: Dorchester
1 Jul 1949-31 Mar 1997: Weymouth
1 Apr 1997-30 Sep 2001: South Dorset
1 Oct 2001-16 Oct 2005: South & West Dorset


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