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Shipton Gorge

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Shipton Gorge is a parish 2 miles south-east from Bridport. The village was named after the de Gorge family who came from Normandy. Nearby is Shipton Hill on which are the remains of an ancient camp. The church of St Martin was rebuilt in 1862, the tower being the only remaining part from the 14th century church that was retained. Within is a 13th century stone font. It seats 220 persons and the registers date from 1675.

Chris Rumbold 2002

© Lynda Small 2003

The village contains several examples of 18th century thatched cottages. A National School was built in 1862 for 90 children. The soil is mainly clay and limestone and during the 19th century the chief crops were wheat, barley and oats, with some land laid to pasture. The area is 1528 acres. In 1861 the population was 413 and in 1891 was down to 318.

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Shipton Gorge is Bernard Meech

You may contact him by e-mail if you have further queries

On-line data

Census 1841 Census on line [John Ridout]
1851 Census on line [Royston Clarke]
1861 Census on line [Royston Clarke]
1871 Census on line [John Ridout]
Parish Registers
The parish registers date from 1675, the following transcriptions are available:-
Baptisms 1745-1879
Marriages 1614-1812 from the Burton Bradstock with Shipton Gorge Register
1719-1837 from the Bishops Transcripts
Burials 1749-1879
Other Records Monumental Inscriptions
Photographs More Photographs of the church & village
Parish Web Site The Parish Council have a very informative web site at:-

Aerial photograph opposite kindly reproduced with their permission

Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Shipton Gorge' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:-


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