Pigot & Co.’s – Dorchester 1830

Transcribed for the OPC Project by Valerie Robbins

A village and parish, in the hundred of its name is about 16 miles from Poole and 10 from Wimborne; pleasantly situated in a healthy, sporting country; the houses most irregularly built, and the place remarkable for northing but its parish church, which was once the church belonging to the monastery, founded about the year 980: it is the oldest church in the county, as well as one of the largest; the living is a vicarage, in the gift of the Marquis of Salisbury; the present incumbent is the Rev Henry Doon. The town is surrounded by a chase, containing six lodges, which has been so by prescription for time immemorial. Cranborne is a very ancient place, and was of treat note in the Saxon and Roman times. On the Castle-hill, a little south of the town, is a circular fortification, in the area of which is a well – the whole supposed to be of Roman origin. The government of the town is vested in a constable and four tything-men, elected at the court leet by a jury of twelve of the townsmen. The Marquis of Salisbury is lord of the manor. This nobleman has a beautiful seat, ‘Court house,’ in this neighbourhood. The other seats of note in the vicinity are, the Earl of Shaftesbury’s, at Wimborne St. Giles; ‘Boveridge,’ Richard Brunter Esq. & c. Fairs, August 24 for pleasure & Dec. 6 for pigs and cheese. Cranborne parish contained, by the last returns, 1,823 inhabitants.

POST OFFICE, Mary Harvey, Post Mistress. – Letters from all parts arrive from WOODYEAT’S INN (about five miles distant) every morning at eight, and are dispatched every afternoon at half-past four.PUBLIC OFFICERS


Ashley the Hon. Lord Wimborne St. Giles
Brunter Richard Esq. Boveridge
Doon Rev. Henry Vicarage
Gee Wm G. Esq. Wimborne St. Giles
Moor Rev. Robert Edmondisham
Pink Francis, Gent Cranborne
Robins Rev S. Edmondisham
Salisbury the Most Noble the Marquis of Court House
Shaftesbury the Right Hon the Earl Wimborne St. Giles
Sims William surgeon Cranborne
Smart Robert. Surgeon Cranborne



Cross Keys Jane Adams
Fleur de Lis Thomas Lovatt
Sheaf of Arrows Thomas Davis



Adams Harry Tailor
Adams Joseph Baker and shoemaker
Adams Thomas Tailor
Adams William Tailor
Bailey Matthew Baker and grocer
Bailey William Hair dresser
Biles William Blacksmith
Bruiton Thomas Tailor
Butt William Saddler
Clark Jonathan Baker
Clark Thomas Shoemaker
Clark William Baker and draper
Coney George Bricklayer
Coney George junior Bricklayer
Cross Jane Shoemaker
Davis Thomas Saddler
Ellis Michael Decorative painter
Feltham Mary Milliner & c
Gannoway Thomas Shoemaker
Grist Edward Carpenter
Harvey Elizabeth Straw hat maker
Jones David Painter, plumber & c
Jones Samuel Painter, plumber & c
Maidment John Carpenter and grocer
Perratt Esther Baker
Pigley Richard Draper
Pothecary Matthew Maltster
Stamford James Grocer
Thomas Josiah Carpenter and auctioneer
Ware George,  Ironmonger and blacksmith


To LONDON, EXETER &c. pass Woodyeat’s Inn, five miles distant daily.

To SALISBURY, Thomas Street, once a week


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