Durweston

St Nicholas Durweston
St Nicholas Church from an old postcard

Durweston is a parish 2 miles north of Blandford on the main road to Sturminster Newton, though much of the village lies to the west of the road. The River Stour is crossed by a bridge of three arches just to the east of the village. Much of the village was part of the Portman Estates whose family home lay nearby in Bryanston (now a public school).

The parish church of St Nicholas has a tower which dates to around the 14th century, the rest of the church seems to be in keeping with this age but was in fact a skillful restoration by P. C. Hardwick in 1846. The registers date from 1598.



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Census 1841 Census ~ Jacqui Bowen
1881 Census ~ Ralph Woolfrey
1891 Census ~ John Ridout
1901 Census ~ Andrew Wright
Parish Registers Baptisms
1731 -1770
~ Jenfer Dando
1825-1833, 1834-1878 ~ Julia Graham

Marriages
1731 - 1808
~ Jenfer Dando
1825-1832, 1833-1837~ Julia Graham

Burials
1731-1800
~ Jenfer Dando
1825-1832, 1833-1878 ~ Julia Graham
Postal Directories Extract from Kelly's 1880 Directory ~ Lynda Small
Other Records
Photographs See below
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Other information  
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Durweston' under place search. For modern location maps visit:-  www.multimap.com

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Knighton House now a girls school
Durweston Mill
Durweston Mill ~ date unknown

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