Dorset OPC

Toller Porcorum

alias Great Toller

Dorset OPC

Photograph Carol Few 2002

The parish of Toller Porcorum, also known as Great Toller, is located 10 miles west-north-west of Dorchester on a tributary of the River Frome. It includes Higher & Lower Kingcombe. The church of St Peter, a building of stone is in the Norman style. It used to contain two galleries, one of which was erected specifically for the school children, but these were removed in 1895 when the church was restored. There are seats for 150 persons. The registers date from 1615, but unfortunately those prior to 1758 have not survived.

Another name for the parish was Swine's Toller which was derived for the great number of swine that were formerly bred here.

Nearby hamlets include Frogmoor which is to the south-east, Barrow-Land 1 mile south-west and Woolcombe 1 miles south. Higher & Lower Kingcombe (or Kentiscombe) is a tithing belonging to Toller Porcorum one mile north-east. The soil is strong clay and is chiefly pasture covering an area of 3,144 acres. In 1861 the population was 500, with 417 persons in 1891.

The road into Toller Porcorum, with the church tower in the centre. Lynda Small 2003

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Toller Porcorum is Carol Few

Census 1841 Census
1851 Census [John Ridout]
1861 Census
1871 Census
Transcriptions of other census are always very welcome
Parish Registers These are being transcribed the following are on-line so far:
Baptisms 1615-1658 [Nevill & Bartelott] [Kim Parker]
Baptisms 1732-1757, 1758-1812, 1813-1880
[PRs][Kim Parker]
Baptisms 1748-1876 [BTs - Extracts]
Marriages 1615-1812 [Phillimores] 1813-1880 [PR] [Kim Parker]
Burials 1615-1658 [Nevill & Bartelott] [Kim Parker]
Burials 1732-1758
[BTs] 1813-1910 [PRs] [Kim Parker]
Postal Directories
Photographs Photographs of church, village & countryside
Links Welcome to Toller Porcorum [external site, opens in new window]
Toller Porcorum a West Dorset Village [external site, opens in new window]
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Toller Porcorum' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:- For a 1920s map showing the area. click on the thumbnail opposite

Parish Records held at the Dorset History Centre, Dorchester
Baptisms Marriages Burials Banns
1758-1941 1758-1999 1758-1914 1869-1972


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