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East Stour

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East Stower or Stour is a small parish and one of a collection of three Stour villages situated on the Stour River. The parish is bound by Gillingham to the north, Shaftesbury to the east, Stour Provost to the south, and West Stour to the west. The land is chiefly used as pasture. The area is 1678 acres. The population in 1831 was 531 ,1861, 426,  and in 1891, 444.Christ Church was built on the old site in 1841. It is a cruciform building of stone in the Norman style and consists of chancel, nave, and transepts, north porch, with large square embattle tower rising from the center, containing 3 bells.

There are three galleries, an organ, a stained east window and six other smaller stained windows. There are seats for 300. According to the SOG's Index of Parish Registers, the original Parish Register consisted of: Christenings 1584-1680, 1710-1866, Marriages 1584-1680, 1710-1998, Burials 1584-1906, Banns 1754-92. 1824-1967. Bishop's Transcripts date from only 1731 due to the Great Fire at Blandford.

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for East Stour is Cassandra Gotham

Please place the words 'OPC East Stour' as your subject for e-mails

Census The following census are on-line:-
1841 Census
1851 Census
1861 Census
1871 Census
Parish Registers The parish registers date from 1584. 
Baptisms 1731-1812, 1813-1879
1584-1812, 1731-1794, 1813-1848
Burials 1731-1812, 1813-1879
Postal Directories Directories for 1865, 1880 & 1895 
Protestation Return Transcription of the names in the 1641 Protestation Return
Photographs For more Photographs of the parish and some grave stones.
Monumental Inscriptions Christ Church Monumental Inscription index
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Stour or Stower' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:-
For a 1920s map of the area click on the thumbnail to the left


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