Holnest is a small parish about 5 miles south east from Sherborne. Starting in the north and going clockwise it is adjacent to the parishes of, Longburton, Folke, Holwell, Wootton Glanville, Minterne Magna, Hermitage, Leigh and Lillington. The parish church is the ancient church of St Mary, which only contains seating for 74 persons.

Holnest Park House ravaged by fire - BBC News report 24 Jan 2010

In the churchyard is a mausoleum erected to the memory of J S W Sawbridge-Erle-Drax. This family owned Holnest Park and were the principal landowners in the parish. In the grounds of Holnest Park was a nine foot high statue of the above gentleman commemorated in the mausoleum. There does not appear to have been a post office and the children from here went to school at Longburton, Glanvilles Wootton or Hilfield. In 1891 the population was only 127 persons, and the total acreage was 2270 acres, most of which is laid to pasture. The land is partly within the limits of what used to be the ancient Forest of Blackmore.

All photographs Caryl Parsons

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Holnest is Zoe Martin
Please place the words 'OPC Holnest' as your subject for e-mails

Sadly on 5th July 2015 Caryl Parsons, formerly the OPC for Holnest passed away. Much of the material on this page has been donated to the OPC Project by Caryl, and we are deeply indebted to her for her support and contributions. Zoe has kindly confirmed that she will continue to act as OPC for the Parish.
Resources are available for look-up by contacting me. There are also some transcriptions on this site, more will be added. The list below represents the main transcriptions I have, there may well be other smaller items not listed, so it is always worth contacting me. I am familiar with the village and surrounding area.

Census 1841, 1851, 1861 & 1871 on line. The 1881-1901 are available for look-up
Parish Registers Baptisms  for 1602 - 1812, & 1813-1900 online
Marriage entries for 1590 to 1927 on-line
Burials entries for 1589-1930 on line
Postal Directories 1859 directory is available for look-up and will be transcribed
1923, 1931, 1935 & 1939 online
Monumental Inscriptions Monumental Inscriptions index
Absent Voters 1918 The Absent Voters list  provides some service details to enable further tracing of military records
Land Tax A list of land owners and tenants in the Land Tax of 1783,1835 & 1896
Photographs To come
Other records Church Rates 1861, Poor Rates 1890
Vestry Book 1855-1912
Holnest Estate Sale 1919
Male inhabitants 1712 from the notebook of Canon Mayo
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Holnest' under place search.

Dunn's Farm to the south of the Church

The Gatehouse to Holnest Park


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