Dorset OPC

Wimborne Minster

including Holt

Dorset OPC

Wimborne, East Street circa 1915

Wimborne, or Wimborne Minster, a parish, market town, and railway station, is 22 miles E by N from Dorchester and 6 miles north from Poole. The town is of great antiquity, justly celebrated for its venerable collegiate church.  This ancient edifice, which is dedicated to St Cuthberga, is of a cross shape with two square towers - one of them rising from the centre of the roof, and the other terminating the west end; a lofty spire, which surmounted the former, is said to have fallen down in the year 1660; the whole structure is divided in the manner of a cathedral, and consists of a chancel, nave, choir, and aisles, a transept, a cross aisle, and three porches; the chancel and choir were restored in 1835 and 1855, and the nave in 1857.

The tithing of Holt has been formed into a separate district for ecclesiastical purposes, and a chapel and school-houses built.  There are chapels for the Baptists, Wesleyans, and Independents.  St Margaret's hospital (or almshouses), Courtnay's Hospital, and a school and almshouse at Pamphill is in this parish. Here is a National school a British school and a Grammar School dating from Elizabethan times. The cemetery is situated on the Blandford Road.  It is neatly laid out with shrubs, &c., and is well adapted for the solemn purpose it is used. Wimborne parish contains 11,966 acres, and in 1861 a population of 4,807.

  [From an 1865 Directory]

Wimborne High Street circa 1910

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Wimborne is not available at present

Please refer to the transcriptions below or contact the coordinator for any queries

Census Volunteers to transcribe any of the years would be appreciated. 
1841 Census:- District 1 District 2, District 3District 4, District 5District 6,  District 4 Kingston District 5 Kingston
[Tesca Barnett-Osman]
1851 Census
1861 Census
1871 Census District 3 (Leigh)
Any transcriptions of other years would be very welcome
Parish Registers Any transcriptions of complete years would be most welcome
Marriages 1839-1850 [Ros Taylor]
Postal Directories Universal British Directory of 1791
Harrod's 1865  Directory on site
Photographs View old Postcards of Wimborne Minster, all circa 1900-1920 below
Photographs of the Model Town, Wimborne [Jan Hibberd]
A selection of modern day views of Wimborne [Jan Hibberd]
Municipal Cemetery Memorial Photographs [Jan Hibberd]
Other Records Cemetery Burials 1889-1915 [Paul Dear]
Holt St James Memorial Inscription index
[Jan Hibberd]
Militia List 1796 transcribed by Caryl Parsons
Extracts from Hutchins History of Dorset 1868 Edition
World War I Memorial
Wills A List of Wills to be found at the Public Record  Office
Will of John Bemister 1743 [Helen Ginn]
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Wimborne Minster' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:-
For a 1920s map of the area click on the thumbnail opposite [166kb]

Wimborne from St Margaret's Hill Julian's Bridge over the River Stour

Wimborne, The Square St Margaret's Church and Almshouses


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