Kimmeridge is a parish on the
south coast on the Isle of Purbeck about 10 miles south from Wareham.
The parishes of Steeple and
Church Knowle are to the west and north with
Corfe Castle to the
east. The church, dedicated to St Nicholas, is
small and plain and parts of it are about 800 years old. Within are
memorials to the Clavells of Smedmore. The registers date from 1694. The
geological structure of the coast is interesting and the bituminous
shale found here burns with a strong light.
One of the chief employers in the parish in the 19th
century was the Coastguard Station. There was a Post Office and
telegraph office and a National School which was built in 1866. The
parish comprises 1570 acres which is mainly clay and is laid to pasture.
The population in 1841 was 154, in 1861 it was 185, in 1881 there were
171 and in 1901 it was down to 126.
Photographs from old postcards and text extracted from Kelly's Directory for 1895. Postcard on the left is circa 1910.
The OPC for Kimmeridge is
1841, 1851, & 1861 Census
1871, 1881, 1891 & 1901 Census
|Monumental Inscriptions||St Nicholas Monumental Inscriptions index [Jan Hibberd]|
Lay Subsidy Roll 1327 & 1332
Poll Tax of 1381
Tudor Subsidies 1523-1593
Tudor Muster Rolls 1539 & 1569
Protestation Return 1641-2
Hearth Tax Assessment 1662
Kimmeridge Alum Works [External site]
Kimmeridge Shale [External site]
Kimmeridge Oil Shale [External - Academic site with excellent photographs and maps]
|Maps||The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Kimmeridge' under place search.|
location maps visit:-
For a 1920s map of the area, click on the thumbnail on the left.
|Records held at the Dorset History Centre||Registers
Christenings 1684-1808. Marriages 1702-1977. Burials 1701-1812.
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