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Sturminster Marshall

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Sturminster Marshall is a village and parish on the river Stour, 4 miles west from Wimborne. The name Sturminster means 'large church on the river Stour'. At one time the parish was a 'Royal Peculiar' with certain rights, it was then much larger taking in the chapelries of Corfe Mullen, Lytchett Minster and Hamworthy. This status was abolished in 1857. The first church was built in Norman times (12thC), during the 13th & 14th century additions and improvements were made.

There was little further work until 1802 when the tower fell down and was rebuilt. A restoration took place in 1859-60. The registers date from 1563. Congregationalist and Wesleyan Chapels were established in the 19thC.

A mixed Board School was built in 1842 for 144 pupils and there used to be a railway station here. The land area is 3,851 acres and the chief crops used to be wheat and barley, the soil being light loam. The population in 1891 was 606 persons.

Photograph courtesy of Terri Davies 2002, more photographs via the link below.



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Most of the material online has been contributed by the former OPC, Terri Davies, whose contributions over the years have been invaluable

Census The following are avalable on line:
1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 18811891
Parish Registers  The following are avalable on line:
Baptisms 1563-1599
Baptisms 1600-1628
Baptisms 1813-1845 
Baptisms 1846-1880

The Registers of Sturminster Marshall, 1563-1812 (opens in new window)
Postal & Street Directories  
Bastardy Bonds A list of references for available Bastardy Bonds 1740-1834
Photographs A selection of photographs of Sturminster and earlier residents of the parish.
A catalogue of photographs related to Sturminster collected by Rev Cross
Militia Lists  
Land records  Landowners 1873 are on line.
Churchwardens Accounts  
Other Records Protestation Returns 1641
The interesting story of the Trial of George Boyt who married in Sturminster Marshall
A Precocious Poisoner - The Life of Flora Everett (by Terri Davies)
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Sturminster Marshall' under place search.
SturminsterMarshMap.jpg (170526 bytes) For modern location maps & aerial views visit:-  www.multimap.com Or for a 1920s map showing the area click on the thumbnail on the left [166kb]

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