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Shillingstone Church

Shillingstone (whose ancient and ecclesiastical name is Shilling Okeford) is a parish and a village in the hundred of Cranborne on the River Stour and also on the main road from Sturminster Newton to Blandford.   The Church of the Holy Rood is built of stone and has a chancel in the Early English style, a nave, north aisle, south porch and square embattled tower holding 5 bells, one dating from 1622. The church was restored in 1889 when the north aisle was added. The registers date from 1654.

In the time of Edward the Confessor it is believed to have been a Manor of Harold, Earl Godwin, and at the Norman Conquest it was conferred upon the Norman family of Schelin, who are recorded as its Manor Lords in the Domesday Book. From them it took its name of Schelin (or Shilling)
There was formerly a Wesleyan chapel in the village. It also boasted a railway station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway (S&DJR) - the station still exists and now forms part of a heritage railway attraction (the Shillingstone Railway Project). In the centre of the village there is an old cross [seen on the left of the adjoining photograph]. There are remains of another cross in the churchyard and the base of a third on the Blandford road. 

is a hamlet 1 miles south east and Gainscross 2 miles south east. The Church of England School was built in 1855 and enlarged several times. The population in 1891 was 546.

Main Blandford to Sturminster Newton

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1841 Census
1861 Census
Reg Howard
1871 Census Mike Weiner
1881 Census Ralph Woolfrey
Parish Registers

BTs ~ Bishop's Transcripts
PRs ~ Parish Registers
1781-1812 [BTs]

[BTs & PRs]
Nigel Kennard & Mike Weiner
1838-1864 & 1865-1899 [PRs]
Mike Weiner

1781-1812, 1813-1837 [BTs]
1837-1901 [PRs]

1778-1812, 1813-1837

Burial database donated by Robert Hurley, please see notes on the pages 1654-1720, 1721-1800, 1801-1850, 1851-1900, 1901-1977
Curate & Clerks
A list of Curates & Clerks in the parish by Ann Peters
Military Records
Shillingstone & the Army - a list of all men from the parish who have served by Ann Peters
Monumental Inscriptions
An index of all the names on Monumental Inscriptions in the church yard
Kelly's 1899, 1920, 1931 & 1939 by Annette Rose
Other Records Extracts from the Dorset Quarter Sessions
Extracts from Parish Council Minutes
Will of William Melmoth d1879 [Dawn Good]
Links Shillingstone - The Story of a Dorset Village Edited by REV. J. H. COOKE. Rector of Shillingstone
The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Shillingstone' under place search.
ShillingstoneMap.jpg (120436 bytes)
For modern location maps & aerial views visit:-
For a 1920s map showing the location of the parish click on the thumbnail on the left

Shillingstone Post Office

Shillingstone from an old postcard circa 1910. The building on the right is the village post office

Shillingstone Station

Shillingstone Station circa 1910


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