Warmwell, named for a spring just to the north of
the village – literally ‘the warm spring’ from Old English wearm and
wella – straddles the bends of the B3390 road to Affpuddle, 5 miles
East-South-East of Dorchester. Architectural treasures abound, with
several English Heritage listed buildings, including the stunning 17th
century Manor House whose many gables and chimneys are visible above its
high enclosing wall and the 18th century Mill and Mill House. Beyond the
village is the great heath, watercress beds and several gravel quarries.
Holy Trinity Church is known to be at least 700
years old, although it has undergone many alterations over the course of
the centuries, as the traces of former architectural features on the
exterior south wall attest. As a result of all these renovations, the
chancel at the east end of the church is larger than the 13th century
nave in the centre, so that with a traditional 15th century tower at the
west end, the building has “the air of a stately Spanish galleon sailing
across the downs”, to quote Dorset writer Harry Ashley. Inside is a
Norman font made from a solid block of Purbeck stone, while outside
there are some unusual tombstones, including a Portland stone table-type
monument commemorating Henry Vie who died here in 1691.
1841 Census [Mari Viertel]
1851 Census incl Watercombe [John Ridout]
1861 Census [Glenda Lightowler]
Baptisms 1641-1754 [Kim Parker]
Marriages 1641-1836 [Kim Parker]
Burials 1641-1752 [Kim Parker]
Marriages 1731-1812 , 1813-1835 [Julia Graham]
Burials 1731-1812, 1813-1846, 1847-1880 [Julia Graham]
|Trade & Postal Directories|
PCC Wills Index for Warmwell residents
Reflections of RAF Warmwell
|Records held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1641-1754, 1813-1996.
Marriages 1641/2-1642, 1657-1992.
Burials 1641-1642, 1656-1742, 1813-1992.
(for the purpose of civil registration births, marriages, deaths & civil partnerships)
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