Buckland Newton

including the Chapelry of Plush

Church of the Holy Rood - Buckland Newton
Copyright Jon Baker

Buckland Newton (sometimes referred to as Buckland Abbas) is a rural parish and extensive village in north central Dorset, England. It is approximately 9 miles south-east of Sherborne, and 10 miles north of Dorchester. It was formerly in the division and union of Cerne but now is in North Dorset Local Authority. Buckland Newton is bordered, clockwise from the north, by the parishes of Pulham, Mappowder, Alton Pancras, Cerne Abbas, Minterne Magna and Glanvilles Wootton.

The Chapelry of Plush is detached from the Parish of Buckland Newton, and is bordered by the parishes of Mappowder, Melcombe Bingham, Cheselbourne, Piddletrenthide and Alton Pancras.

The village of Buckland is situated at the head of the Vale of Blackmoor, and commands some fine and extensive woodland scenery. The church of the Holy Rood is a Gothic structure, with embattled tower, 5 bells, and a short lead-covered spire. The population in 1851, was 990 in the parish, and 408 in the township; acreage 6,018. A market was formerly held here and a court leet was held annually.


Plush is a tithing and chapelry, 3 miles south-east, with a small church (St John the Baptist, registers date from 1848). The population in 1851 was 145. Plush also has an Elementary School.

Minterne Parva
is a tithing, 2 miles south-west, population 121. Duntish is a tithing, 1 mile north, with a population of 133. Near it are Castle Hill and Lawrences. Brockhampton and Knowle Farm, a tithing 2 miles north-east, population 183, nearby are Chaston, Sharnell (or Sharnhill) Green and Beaulieu Wood. Rue (or Rew) is 1 mile north-east; Henley, 1 south-east; Revels 1 west.

ST7102 : Church of St John the Baptist - Plush by Mike Searle
Church of St John the Baptist - Plush
  © Copyright Mike Searle and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Buckland Newton is Jon Baker
You may contact me by e-mail if you have further queries.

Please Note: I am an unpaid volunteer willing to assist others with their genealogical
research and should in no way be confused with the Parish Council or Church appointed
Parish Clerk. I also do not live in the vicinity of the Parish.

Available Data

Censuses are on-line for:
1841 (complete)
1851 (complete - updated 4 Jul 2010)
1861 (complete)
1871 (complete)
1881 (complete) [Ralph Woolfrey]
1891 (complete)
1901 (Plush only)
Parish Registers

1652-1812 [Kim Parker]
1856, 1862, 1864, 1865, 1868 [Jan Hibberd]
1876, 1880-1906 [Jon Baker]
Plush 1850-1902 [Jon Baker]
1654-1812 [Kim Parker], 1856-1869 [Jon Baker]
Plush 1851-1921 [Jon Baker]
1652-1812 [Kim Parker]
1836-1852 [Jan Hibberd], 1853-1865 [Jon Baker]
Plush 1850-1997 [Jon Baker]
Bishops Transcripts
Held at Wiltshire Record Office, Chippenham
The 1821-1835 transcripts available are courtesy of Christine Crawford
Baptisms 1731-1798 1798-1820 1821-1835 1836-1879
Marriages 1731-1812 1813-1835 1836-1855
Burials 1765-1821 1822-1835
Postal & Commercial Directories Post Office 1859 Kelly's 1889  Kelly's 1915
Militia Records Militia Papers
Land Tax & Land Owners
Churchwardens Accounts
Poor Law Records
(Summary/index of Overseers of the Poor records held at Dorset History Centre)
Bastardy Bonds
Bastardy Examinations
Bastardy Orders
Apprenticeship Indentures
Removal Orders to Buckland Newton
Appeal Papers
Removal Orders from Buckland Newton
Settlement Examinations
Photographs Photographs of Buckland Newton & Plush
Church & Burial Ground (courtesy of Brian Webber & Beryl Ellis)  Monumental Inscriptions (Church)
Monumental Inscriptions (Burial Ground)
Monumental Inscription Index
Plush St John The Baptist Monumental Inscriptions
Henley Baptist Chapel Monumental Inscriptions Index [Jan Hibberd]
War Memorial Roll of Honour (1914-18 & 1939-45)
Other Records PCC Wills Index for Buckland Newton & Plush Residents
Royal Navy Continuous Service Engagement Records for Buckland Newton men

Will of Mary Isles (1825) [Jan Hibberd]
Links A page giving links to sites that feature Buckland Newton and associated hamlets
Parish Records held at the Dorset History Centre, Dorchester
Buckland Newton
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns
1568/9-1981 1568/9-1995 1568/9-1974 1849-1898
1850-1986 1851-1982 1850-1997 1851-1959

The 1889-1891 Ordnance Survey map of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site (the Old Maps site no longer allows direct links, enter Buckland Newton in the Search Box to view old OS Maps)

Click on the thumbnail left for an enlarged view of Buckland Newton (Bartholomews)


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