Marnhull is a parish and a large scattered village on the River Stour is two miles North East of Sturminster Newton. It is 3 miles east of Stalbridge and 3 miles north of Sturminster Newton. In clockwise order from the north the parish is adjacent to Fifehead Magdalen, Todber, Margaret Marsh, West Orchard, Hinton St Mary, Sturminster Newton and Stalbridge. The church of St Gregory is in the Early English style and seats 650 persons. The parish registers date from 1559. In the parish there were also Wesleyan, Congregational and Primitive Methodist chapels as well as a Roman Catholic church.

In the 1890s the parish had two breweries, two maltings, a corn mill and several stone quarries, also a steam butter mill. The soil is clay, sand and rock and used to grow wheat, barley, beans and peas.  The area is 3751 acres. A National School  was built in 1874 for 200 pupils and a Catholic school for 50 pupils was built in 1880. In 1895 there was a police station with an officer in charge. The population in 1821 was 1274, in 1841, 1309; in 1851, 1480; in 1861, 1444; 1871, 1453; 1881, 1396; 1891, 1415; 1175  in 1931 and 2040 in 2001.

This old photograph of Marnhull Football Team was taken circa 1920. There is a large version at the bottom of the Photograph page.

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Marnhull is Bob Hills

Please contact Bob by e-mail if you can donate any material to this site

Census On line - 174218211841185118611871188118911901
Parish Registers
Includes some Catholic baptism entries
Baptisms 1560-1699, 1699-1744, 1745-1779, 1780-1809, 1810-1837, 1838-1850, 1851-1880
Marriages 1561-1727, 1731-1812, 1813-1840
Burials 1560-1723, 1723-1744, 1745-1779, 1780-1812, 1813-1837, 1838-1880
Roman Catholic Baptisms 1772-1826
(Includes more detail plus Confirmations, information on Nash Court and the Hussey Family.)
Obituaries John Warren 1934
Marnhull Strays Baptisms, Marriages & Burials of Marnhull'ites recorded out of Parish from various sources.
Postal Directories Kelly's Directories for 1855, 1865, 1867 on line, 1875, 1880, 1895, 1935 are available but not yet transcribed
Militia Records Militia List for Marnhull for 1799 on line
Land Tax & Land Owners Land Tax Assessments are being transcribed:- 1780, 1790, 1800 on line, 1810, 1820, 1830 are available but not yet transcribed.
Poll Book Men listed in the 1807 Poll Book
The Workhouse Details of residents from Marnhull in the local Sturminster Newton Workhouse at census time. Also see Overseers Accs.
Wills An index of people from Marnhull who made  Wills 1568-1793 or for which there is an Admin. or Inventory.
Rectors Accounts  Extracts from Rev. C Place's Account Book giving Tithes Paid 1737 & Income 1740
Churchwardens Accounts 1781 - 1881 will be transcribed or indexed
Overseers Accounts 1699 -1793 will be transcribed or indexed.
Rate Payers 1700  
Rate Payers 1750
Residents of Marnhull Workhouse 1783-88
War Memorial Transcription of the names on the Marnhull War Memorial
War Records A List of Absent Voters 1918 giving regiment details.
Monumental Inscriptions St Mary's RC Monumental Inscriptions
Photographs of 150 of the headstones in St Gregory's churchyard and the Roman Catholic burial ground. An index will be made available.
St Gregory's Monumental Inscriptions
Thanks to Sir Mervyn Medlycott for making this pdf available to the site
Marnhull Civic Cemetery Monumental Inscriptions index
Rectors & Priests Rectors of the Parish from 1254 - 1954 and Priests of the Catholic Church from 1725
Churches, Schools & Views 17 photographs
Cottages & Farms 19 photographs
17th Century Records A transcription of the Protestation Return of 1641 and the Hearth Taxes of 1662-1664. Muster Roll 1539 available
The Marn'll Book Lots of interesting items and many names in this book, not yet indexed. It includes:
Domesday Book Extracts
Court Roll 1547-1548
Extracts from Churchwardens Accounts
Tenants at Great Down 1841
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Marnhull' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:-


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