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Tarrant Rushton

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Tarrant Rushton is a parish on the River Tarrant 3Ĺ miles east from Blandford Forum. Starting in the north east the parish adjoins Moor Crichel, Witchampton, just touches Wimborne Minster to the east, then Shapwick, Tarrant Crawford, Tarrant Keynston and Tarrant Rawston. The ancient church of St Mary is built of flint and stone and parts of it date from Norman times. The church accommodates 120 persons and the registers date from 1700

At one time there was a hospital or charity in the parish dedicated to St Leonard. There has not been a post office in the parish but there was a parish school which in 1895 catered for 45 children. Abbey Crofts which in the 1890's had a population of 7 was transferred to Tarrant Crawford. The population in 1891 was 177. The 2073 acres are light loam and used to be mainly for cultivation of wheat. In more recent times the airfield at Tarrant Rushton played a vital role in World War II and more information on this is available on the Tarrant Rushton Airfield site.

The OPC for Tarrant Rushton is Julie Browning

Census The following census are on line and others are being transcribed
1841 Census
1851 Census
1861 Census
1871 Census
1881 Census
1891 Census
1901 Census
Parish Registers Baptisms 1732-1880
Marriages 1732-1841
Burials 1731-1880
Church Memorials Church Memorials inside St Mary
Monumental Inscriptions in the churchyard
Rectors of the Parish A List of Rectors  of the parish from 1295 to 1866 from Hutchins
History A brief History of the Parish taken from Hutchins History of Dorset
Poll Book Entries from the 1807 Poll Book
Photographs Seven more Photographs of the church and village.
Links Further historical information and photos of the village are available on the Parish Councilís informative website

Records held at the Dorset History Centre
[Ref PE-TTN]
Christenings 1696-1993. Marriages 1698-1992. Burials 1697-1812, 1814-1993.
Registration District
(for the purpose of civil registration births, marriages, deaths & civil partnerships)
1 Jul 1837-30 Jun 1956: Blandford
1 Jul 1956-31 Mar 1974: Poole
1 Apr 1974-17 Oct 2005: North Dorset


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