Bridport & Allington

Bridport is a market town situated 15 miles west of Dorchester. In Victorian times it was also described as a seaport. The town was mentioned in the Domesday Book as having a mint and an ecclesiastical establishment.

The parish church of St Mary was completely restored in 1859 and the registers date from 1600. There is also the Roman Catholic church of Sts Mary & Catherine in Victoria Street. The Society of Friends have a meeting house which was erected in 1700 in South Street. There were chapels for Congregationalist, Baptist, Unitarian and Wesleyans.  

The town burial ground was opened in1856. Market day is Wednesday & Saturday. The importation of hemp & flax was an important trade. Other trades associated with the harbour were the manufacture of fishing nets, twines and sailcloth.

parish forms part of the borough, the parish church of St Swithin was erected in 1827 but the registers date from 1600 although the many parts of the earlier ones are illegible. The population within the municipal limits in 1891 was 6,611 with 3,768 in Bridport and Allington 1,711.

Bridport and Allington are two large parishes that will eventually have a page of their own. Whilst data is limited it will be combined on this page.

The Online Parish Clerk for Allington & Bridport is Bernard Meech

Bernard is also OPC for Bothenhampton and Shipton Gorge so please ensure you include OPC and the Parish name in your email subject

Census Allington 1831 1841 & 1861 census are on-line
Allington 1871 ED 1 & ED 2 census on-line [John Ridout]
Bridport 1841 ED 1, ED 2, ED 3, ED 4, ED 5 [John Ridout]
Bridport 1861 ED 4, ED 5, ED 6, ED 7, ED 8, ED 9, ED 10 [Alan Bartlett]
Bridport 1871 ED 5, ED 6, ED 7, ED 8, ED 9, ED 10[John Ridout]
Bridport 1891 ED 5 [Amanda Best]
Parish Registers ALLINGTON
Baptisms, Allington Bishop's Transcripts  1732-17801781-1837, 1841-1879
Bishop's Transcripts  1732-1837, 1838-1879

Bishop's Transcripts date from 1731
Wiltshire Marriage Licence Bonds for Bridport & Allington available.
Monumental Inscriptions Transcription of the Monumental Inscriptions at Dottery St Saviours
Monumental Inscription index for Allington St Swithun's [Jan Hibberd]
Postal Directories Extracts for Directories from 1791, 1865, 1880, 1895 & 1935 are now online. I can also do look-ups in Pigot's 1852/44, Hunt & Co Directory 1851,  Kelly's 1875 & Kelly's 1903
Photographs For more photographs of Bridport and West Bay go to the FreeFoto.Com site. There are Old Postcards of Bridport & Allington on site.
Other Records Allington Apprenticeship Indentures
Execution of Silvester Wilkins at Dorchester Gaol 1833 [Mike Russell]
Will of Richard Davidge the elder [d.1599] [Mike Russell]
Will of William Clare [1769] [Ros Dunning]
Will of Frances Bythewood [1773] [Ros Dunning]
Will of Esther Garland [1825] [Ros Dunning]
Records held at the Dorset History Centre

Christenings 1570-1970. Marriages 1570-1662, 1682-1993. Burials 1673-1783, 1827-191934. Banns 1753-1809, 1824-1998.

Christenings 1648-1747, 1790-1836. Marriages 1570-1837. Burials 1673-1747, 1827-1837.


Christenings 1600-1976. Marriages 1600-1991. Burials 1600-1898, 1956-1966. Banns 1934-1987.

Christenings & burials 1600-1638. Marriages 1600-1837.

Christenings 1722-1837. Burials 1813-1837.
All photographs above courtesy of Valerie Pettifer  © 2003


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