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Hazelbury Bryan

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St Mary & St James Church, Hazelbury Bryan

Hazelbury Bryan is situated in the Blackmore Vale five miles south west of Sturminster Newton. The Parish was formerly in the hundred of Pimperne and has an area of 2359 acres. Today the village has a population of 800 (2001) slightly more than the 761 recorded in the 1861 census. The village consists of seven hamlets, namely Droop, Kingston, Parkgate, Pidney, Pleck, Wonston and Woodrow.

In 1201 the village name was spelled Hasebere. The name is derived from the Old English hæsel bearu, meaning a hazel grove or wood, plus the manorial name of the Bryene or de Bryan family; Sir Guy de Bryan, of Woodsford Castle, gave his surname to the village in the 14th century when he married the daughter of the First Earl of Salisbury.

The original settlement in the village is the hamlet of Droop, which is the location of the parish church. The 14th century church dedicated to St Mary and St James is a handsome edifice with a fine square tower. The north aisle is considered a good specimen of the Perpendicular style. Beside the church are dwellings some 400 years old. Miss Violet Cross from the Manor House, a benefactor of the church, gave these dwellings to provide homes for widows and daughters of the clergy.

The parish was also home to a Primitive Methodist Chapel built in 1863 which remains in use to this day, part of the North Dorset Circuit.

Civic Cemetery, Hazelbury Bryan

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Hazelbury Bryan is Jan Hibberd
Jan is busy transcribing new information which will be added from time to time. Lookups are available for census data and Parish Registers. Photographs are also available for many headstones in the church burial ground

Census 1841 Census [Tony Cake]
1851 Census [Tony Cake]
1861 Census [Tony Cake]
1871 Census [Tony Cake]
1891 Census [Tony Cake]
1901 Census [Tony Cake]
1911 Census [Godfrey Symes]
Parish Registers Baptisms 1777-1806, 1807-1824, 1825-1834, 1835-1851
Baptisms 1852-1863
, 1864-1873, 1874-1884, 1885-1906, 1906-1926
Marriages 1563-1725, 1726-1802, 1837-1857
Burials 1747-1771, 1772-1806, 1807-1844, 1845-1848, 1849-1873,
Burials 1874-1895
, 1896-1938, 1939-1965, 1965-1979
Confirmations 1828-1850
Postal Directories  
Photographs Photographs of Hazelbury Bryan Church, Exterior and Interior
Monumental Inscriptions Memorial Inscriptions in the Churchyard & Civic Cemetery [Brian Webber]
A list of headstone memorial and associated photos is available offline from the OPC (1947-present)
Other Records Newspaper Reports 1850-1960
Protestation Return 1641 [Tony Higgins]
Hearth Taxes 1662-1664 [Tony Higgins]
John, Sarah & Mary Carter (1788-1878) [Brenda Todd]
Thomas & Sarah Stovey (1797-1842) [Brenda Todd]
Case for the Opinion of Dr Wynne (6 Sep 1785) [Mike Russell]
Settlement Certificate for William Mitchell 1710 [Linda Schmitt]
Hazelbury Bryan Village web site (external)
Wills Wills of Hazelbury Bryan Residents
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Hazelbury Bryan' under place search.

Records held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1562-1967. Marriages 1563-1964. Burials 1562-1999. Banns 1754-1923
Registration District (for the purpose of civil registration births, marriages, deaths and civil partnerships 1 Jul 1837-31 Mar 1974: Sturminster
1 Apr 1974-17 Oct 2005: North Dorset


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