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Chideock is a pretty village just inland from the south coast and 3 miles west of Bridport. It now lies on the busy A35 from Dorchester and Bridport to Honiton in Devon and the main street through the village is always full of cars. The smaller hamlet of Seatown lies close to the coast and the dramatic cliffs that are a feature of the coastline. The church of St Giles lies on the main road with its burial ground behind it. Part of the burial ground is divided and the north section is the Catholic Cemetery with a small cruciform mortuary chapel in the middle, constructed by the Weld family.

All photographs  Lynda Small 2003  

The church is of ancient construction and was restored in 1880. The registers date from 1654. The remains of Chideock Castle, the ancient seat of the de Chideocks and the Arundells is in the parish. The area is 2052 acres and flax used to be one of the main crops. Fishing was also important to many inhabitants. The population in 1891 was 633.

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Census 1861 transcribed so far
1871 Census on-line
Parish Registers
The parish registers date from 1654, the following transcriptions are available:-
Baptisms  1733-18121813-1880
Marriages   1654-1812 & 1810-1836
Burials 1733-1779, 1780-1812,   1813-1880
Protestation Roll 1641 A list of all men in the parish over the age of 18 who took the Protestation Oath in 1641
Memorial Inscriptions A transcription of the memorial inscriptions for the chapel of Stanton St Gabriel
Photographs More Photographs of the church & village
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Chideock' under place search.

A view of Chideock circa 1925. More old photos on the Photographs page.

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