Dorset OPC

Glanvilles Wootton

Dorset OPC

Church of St Mary the Virgin

Glanvilles Wootton is a small rural parish and village in north central Dorset, England. It is approximately 7 miles south-east of Sherborne, and 12 miles north of Dorchester, It was formerly in the division and union of Cerne but now is in North Dorset Local Authority. Glanvilles Wootton is bordered by the parishes of Holwell and Folke to the north, Pulham to the east, Buckland Newton in the south while Minterne Magna, Haydon (Detached) and Holnest form the western boundary. The name of the Parish was changed in 1985, having previously been Wootton Glanville. The Parish Church, St Mary the Virgin, is a small Gothic edifice, with a low embattled tower and three bells (by 1915 there were 4 bells). On the south side is a chapel, which was a chantry, and has been applied as a burial-place by the Williams, Every, and Henley families, to whom there are several handsome monuments erected.

The church registers date from 1546. The Parish also has a Wesleyan Methodist chapel, now disused. There is a Manor House. The area of the current parish is 690 hectares, in 1865 the area was 1665 acres. The former National School (built in 1857 and enlarged in 1905 for 90 children) is now closed and converted into a private dwelling. The population in 1841 was 342; 329 in 1850; in 1861, 301; 1871, 314; 1881, 237; 1891, 239; 1901, 172 and in 1911, 211. In 1991 the population was 182 and consisted 74 dwellings. Apart from the main village there are several hamlets in the Parish, including Osehill Green, Newlands (tithing) and Round Chimneys. Dungeon is a large Roman camp. Nowadays the village has no public house, but the former Pure Drop Inn and New Inn both still stand though now converted into private dwellings. The former Post Office is now also a private cottage. There is a small village hall near the village centre. The father of the great Duke of Marlborough lived in the farm house called "Round Chimneys" around 1645.

For a more detailed description of the Parish please visit the Dorset Ancestors site article

Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Glanvilles Wootton 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 County or Church appointed
Parish Clerk. I also do not live in the vicinity of the Parish

Available Data

Census 1841  

Parish Registers (dates shown are for the complete registers, not all will be made available on this site)
Baptisms 1853-1876 (partial), 1550 - 1886 (not yet available online)
Marriages  1546 - 1731  1731-1857  1857-1918
Burials 1880-1985
Banns 1754 - 1908 (not yet available)
Bishops Transcripts (Diocese of Salisbury)
Held at Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre, Chippenham
(This is now a complete transcription of the BTs)
* Major revision 30 March 2016
Christenings 1731-1879  
Marriages    1731-1857
Burials         1731-1812* 1813-1846 1847-1879  
Postal & Commercial Directories PO Directory 1859 Kelly's 1889 Kelly's 1915
Other Records PCC Wills
Poor Law Records
(Summary/index of Overseers of the Poor records held at Dorset History Centre)
Bastardy Bonds
Bastardy Orders
Apprenticeship Indentures
Removal Orders to Glanvilles Wootton
Appeal Papers
Removal Orders from Glanvilles Wootton
Settlement Examinations
Photographs Photographs of Memorials in the Church and Churchyard, including inscriptions [Jan Hibberd]
Photographs of the Church & Village [Jan Hibberd]
Church & Burial Ground Monumental Inscriptions [Partial transcription of all data]
Monumental Inscriptions index
15th & 16th century records
Links Links to sites that feature Glanvilles Wootton
Names Surnames that occur most frequently in Glanvilles Wootton

The 1889-1891 Ordnance Survey map of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site (the site no longer supports direct links, click on Glanvilles Wootton to view old OS Maps)

Click on the thumbnail to the left to see an enlarged map of the village


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