including Broadoak, Eype and West Bay
|Symondsbury is a parish and
village situated to the east of Bridport. In the north it is adjacent to
Netherbury and then runs to the coast between Chideock on the west and Allington, Bridport and
Bothenhampton on the east.
The River Simene meanders through Symondsbury from its source just north of the parish and meets with the River Brit before it flows to the sea at West Bay
The church of St John the Baptist is in Early English style and cruciform shape, it has a nave, trancepts, south porch and square tower with 5 bells and a clock. The registers date from 1558.
|There is also a chapel of ease of St Peter built at
Eype, a small village closer to the coast, Higher Eype being 1 mile from
Symondsbury and Lower Eype 1½ miles. Other hamlets are Miles Cross, half
a mile south and Broadoak 2 miles north. There is also a chapel of ease
at Broadoak erected in 1865. The land is rolling hills with cliffs to
the sea edge. The soil is clay and sand and the chief crops are grass,
wheat, barley and oats. There is an endowed school with a large
schoolhouse erected in 1865. The population in 1891 was 1186 of which
186 were included in the municipal borough of Bridport.
Information from Kelly's Directory 1895.
Symondsbury Parish Council has an excellent web site including historical information and contemporary photographs
The new Online Parish Clerk for Symondsbury is Lesley Keatley
You can contact Lesley by clicking on the link above which should generate a correctly addressed email
|Census|| 1841 Census transcribed by Jacqui Bowen
in three districts
1861 Census transcribed by Peter Collins
1871 Census transcribed by Jacqui Bowen in two districts
|Parish Registers||Marriages 1558-1812 transcribed by Peter Collins
|Monumental Inscriptions||Broadoak St
Miscellaneous Graves & Memorials at St Peter's, Eype [Liz Chater, External]
|Records held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1558/9-1954. Marriages 1558-1646, 1653-1676, 1684-1998. Burials 1558/9-1646, 1653-1676, 1684-1903. Banns 1754-1968.
Christenings 1558/9-1812, 1953-1999. Marriages 1558-1756. Burials 1558/9-1626, 1903-2000.
Christenings, marriages and burials 1813-1837.
|Maps||The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Symondsbury' under place search.|
|For modern location maps visit: www.multimap.com|
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