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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 (St Paul) 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
1851 Census
1861 Census transcribed by Peter Collins
1871 Census
transcribed by Jacqui Bowen in two districts
1881 Census
1891 Census
1901 Census
Parish Registers Marriages 1558-1812 transcribed by Peter Collins
Monumental Inscriptions Broadoak St Paul MIs
Miscellaneous Graves & Memorials at St Peter's, Eype [Liz Chater, External]
Postal Directories  
Photographs Donations welcomed
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:


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