Dorset OPC

Winterborne Kingston

including Winterborne Muston

Dorset OPC

Winterborne Kingston is a small parish in Dorset two miles north east of Bere Regis (Beer) and six and a half miles south-south east from Blandford. The village is one of many on the Winterborne, from where the stream rises to when it flows into the Stour at Sturminster Marshall there is Winterborne Houghton, W. Stickland, W. Clenstone, W. Whitechurch, W. Kingston, W. Muston, W. Tomson and W. Zelstone. To the west is the large parish of Bere Regis. The ancient church of St Nicholas is a stone and flint structure in the Early English style.

The church was restored in 1873. The registers begin in 1598 but are imperfect between 1599 & 1613 and between 1675 & 1696. There are 2559 acres of chalky loan which used to grow mainly wheat oats and barley. A National School was constructed in 1876. In 1891 the population was 500 persons. For a more detailed description of the parish go the the Story of Winterborne Kingston page.

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Winterborne Kingston is Jill Morley

Jill welcomes enquiries from fellow researchers in the parish and will assist if she can. Jill has further data which is not yet on-line.

Census 1841, 1861, 1881 & 1891 available on line,  others to be transcribed, please enquire
Parish Registers Baptisms 1586-1641*, 1652-1700*, 1700-1813, 1814-1837
Marriages  1597-1697*, 1753-1812, 1814 - 1836
Burials 1578-1676*, 1700 - 1837
* Transcribed by Pat Thompson
Story of Winterborne Kingston A Brief Story of the Parish mentioning history, the church and past industries.
Postal & Commercial Directories Directory extracts for 1848, 1859, 1865, 1867, 1875, 1880, 1885, 1889, 1903, 1920, 1931
Land Records Details of Land Tax for 1842 & 1848 transcribed
Historical Monuments A list of the Historical Monuments found in the Parish.
Dorset Visitation 1623 This document has details of all the notable families in Dorset in 1623, details can be provided by contacting me.
Other Records Protestation Returns 1641
Hearth Tax 1662
Wills held at Wiltshire Records Office
St Nicholas' Church, list of Curates
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Winterborne Kingston' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:-

Records held at the Dorset History Centre
[Ref PE-WKN]
Christenings 1588-1642, 1652-1700, 1775-1940.
Marriages 1597-1640/1, 1648-1676/7, 1696-1697, 1754-1837.
Burials 1588-1641, 1648-1676/7, 1696-1697, 1775-1975.
Registration District
(for the purpose of civil registration births, marriages, deaths & civil partnerships)
1 Jul 1837-30 Jun 1956: Blandford
1 Jul 1956-31 Mar 1974: Poole
1 Apr 1974-17 Oct 2005: North Dorset

Above: a dwelling that used to the National School. Photograph courtesy of Jill Morley ©2012

St Nicholas Church. Photograph courtesy of Jill Morley ©2017

Above: Winterborne Kingston Church interior circa 1910 courtesy Dave Sansom. Click for large image.


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