Askerswell is a small village and parish on the Asker Brook. It is 4 miles east from Bridport and today is just to the north of the A35 which connects Dorchester and Bridport. Starting in the north west it is surrounded by the parishes of Powerstock, West Compton, Litton Cheney,  Chilcombe, Shipton Gorge and Loders.

The church of St Michael and All Saints has a chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a square embattled tower. In 1858 everything was rebuilt except the tower. The font is of Norman origin. The registers date from 1558. The parish does not boast a manor house. 
The soil is chalk and sand and the chief crops are wheat and barley with some land laid to pasture. The area of the parish is 1724 acres and in 1891 there was a total population of 230 persons.

Higher Eggerton and Loders Land were transferred to the parish from Litton Cheney in 1884. There was a Post Office, a County Police Station and a National school built in 1871.

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Census 1841 Census  
1851 Census [part - rest illegible]  
1861 Census

1871 Census

1881 Census
1891 Census
Parish Registers Baptisms 1731-1879   
Marriages 1560-1835
Burials 1731-1879
Postal Directories Extracts from Trade & Postal Directories for the years:- 1841, 1848, 1855, 1859, 1867, 1875, 1880, 1889, 1895.
Church Memorials Photographs and transcriptions of Church Memorials from the interior of the church
Monumental Inscriptions A list of names from the inscriptions on the Burial Monuments, further details being available.
Rectors  A list of the Rectors of Askerswell
Poll Book A list of names from the 1807 Poll Book
Other Records Tithe Apportionments
Records held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1560-1665, 1673-1997. Marriages 1560-1572, 1586, 1593-1663, 1676-1690, 1700-1713, 1718-1991. Burials 1560-1667, 1673-1693, 1698-1999. Banns 1754-1804, 1824-1999.

Marriages 1560-1837. Burials 1722-1986.

Christenings 1722-1812.


The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Askerswell' under place search

For a location map click on the thumbnail to the left


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