Place:Blandford St. Mary, Dorset, England

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NameBlandford St. Mary
Alt namesBlandford St Marysource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
Blandford Saint Mary
Blandford-St. Marysource: Family History Library Catalog
Blanefordsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
Blanefordesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
Blenefordsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
Blenefordesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates50.833°N 2.15°W
Located inDorset, England
See alsoBlandford Registration District, Dorset, Englandregistration district of which it was part
Blandford Forum, Dorset, Englandmunicipal borough of which it was part 1889-1896
Blandford Rural, Dorset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1896-1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Blandford St. Mary is a village and civil parish in the North Dorset district of Dorset, England. The village is on the south bank of the River Stour, immediately opposite the larger town of Blandford Forum. The village grew up around the Badger Brewery, owned by Hall and Woodhouse, which is based there. At the 2001 UK census it had a population of 1,233.

Lower Blandford St. Mary is a rural outpost of Blandford St Mary, in the farm fields to the south across the bypass road, with a small church and graveyard, and one or two historic houses.

Blandford St. Mary was part of Blandford Forum Municipal Borough from 1889 until 1896 when it was divided off and made a civil parish within Blandford Rural District until 1974.

A sketchmap of the rural district can be viewed at Blandford Rural District.

Dorset Research Tips

One of the many maps available on the website A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Dorset at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. The internal boundaries on this map are the rural districts which are indicated in the "See Also" box for the place concerned (unless it is an urban parish).

The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases. Some are linked to Ancestry.

  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Dorset, but it has left the 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes to UK Genealogy Archives.
  • FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date, but UK Genealogy Archives may prove more helpful.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts up to 1974
  2. excerpts from gazetteers of the late 19th century outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.


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