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Broadwey & Upwey

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Upwey [or Upway] is at the source of the Rivey Wey in a valley situated above Weymouth. The water source became famous as a wishing well and was very popular in Victorian times when visitors could alight from the train at the Upwey Wishing Well Halt. The church of St Lawrence dates from around 1490. There was a Wesleyan chapel built in the 19th century and a National School was erected in 1840. The population in 1891 was 752 persons.

Upwey Church and Village circa 1920

Broadwey [or Broadway] is so called because it is situated where the River Wey broadens out below Upwey. The ancient parish church is dedicated to St Nicholas. There was also a Wesleyan Chapel erected in 1839 and a Temperance Hall in 1879, the latter having reading and coffee rooms attached. The parish school dates from 1871. Little Moor is a hamlet within the parish and Nottington hamlet is partly in Buckland Ripers. The land area is 1029 acres [compared to Upway 1785 acres] and the 1891 population was 774

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Upwey and Broadwey is Maureen Branson

If you contact Maureen please put 'OPC Upwey/Broadwey' as the subject line

Census Broadwey 18411851,1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 
Upwey 1841, 1851, 1861 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 
Parish Registers Broadwey
Baptisms 1662-1906
Marriages 1673-1812, 1813-1837, 1837-1921
Burials 1674-1956
Marriage Banns 1756-1921


Baptisms 1655-1812, 1812-1856, 1856-1906
Marriages 1654-1812, 1812-1837, 1837-1921
Burials 1654-1812, 1812-1878, 1878-1948

Marriage Banns 1871-1921
Bishop's Transcripts
Baptisms 1731-1824 & 1825-1879
Marriages 1733-1855

Baptisms 1731-1800 & 1801-1880
Marriages 1731 - 1845
Burials 1731-1800 & 1801-1880

These will be transcribed when time permits, any donations of transcriptions of complete years are always welcome.
Upwey Wishing Well Extracts from early books mentioning the Wishing Well
Directories Broadwey 1844, 1851, 1855 & 1859 Directory
Upwey 1844 & 1851 Directory
Monumental Inscriptions Broadwey St Nicholas
Upwey United Reform Church
Wills Will of James Christopher of Broadwey 1910
Will of Joseph Christopher of Upwey 1893
Will of Edward Sprague of Upwey 1614
Other Information I have compiled a Parish Reconstruction for Broadwey, Upwey, Bincombe & Buckland Ripers (combined) containing all families appearing in any of the records that are online for those parishes. Currently it contains over 17000 persons, and is a work in progress. Any additions/corrections/comments are most welcome.
Upwey & Broadwey - A Dorset Village History [External Link]
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Upway/Upwey or Broadwey/Broadway' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:-
For a 1920s map of the area click on the thumbnail on the left

Pictures from old postcards
Left; an early view of the church circa 1910? Right; Upwey Mill

Two views of Stottingway Street with the daily milk delivery, probably 1910-1920?


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