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Abbotsbury Rodden Row circa 1940

Abbotsbury is a large village and a large coastal parish. From the west it is adjacent to the parishes of Puncknowle, Litton Cheney, Portesham and Langton Herring. The parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas and has many architectural and historical features. The registers originally dated from 1574. Within the parish there were also chapels for the Congregational and Primitive Methodists. The history of the parish goes back a long way, a monastery was founded here in 1044 with monks from Cerne Abbey. It stood on rising ground to the south of the village. The gateway still exists but other ruins are those of a ruined mansion house built on the site of the monastery.

The monastery tithe barn still exists and the ruined chapel of St Catherine built in the late 15th century can still be seen. The main occupation of the population in the 19th century was mackerel fishing and agriculture. The population in 1881 was 979 and in 1891 903. Hamlets within the parish are Rodden, East & West Elworth and Look. The school was in the main village and there used to be a railway station as well.

Abbotsbury Market Street circa 1920 courtesy Jean Boney

The new Online Parish Clerk for Abbotsbury 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 Nicola Merrifield
1851 Census transcribed by John Ridout
1861 census transcribed by Royston Clarke
1881 Census transcribed by Keith Searson
Parish Registers Baptisms
1731-1775, 1776-1813, 1813-1840 & 1841-1879

Marriage entries date from 1651, on line are:- 

Burials date from 1651, on line are:-
1731-1812 & 1813-1880
Postal Directories
Photographs Photographs of the village circa 1900
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Abbotsbury' under place search.
Records held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1574-1950. Marriages 1567-1976. Burials 1567-1576, 1584-1919.

Christenings 1574-1665/6, 1726-1837. Marriages 1567-1837. Burials 1567-1683, 1790-1812.


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