Place:Broadwindsor, Dorset, England

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NameBroadwindsor
Alt namesWindesoresource: Domesday Book (1985) p 93
TypeVillage
Coordinates50.817°N 2.8°W
Located inDorset, England
See alsoBeaminster Registration District, Dorset, Englandregistration district of which it was part
Beaminster Rural, Dorset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Broadwindsor is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in South West England. It lies in the West Dorset administrative district, about west of Beaminster. In the 2011 Census the population of the parish, combined with that of the small parish of Seaborough to the north, was 1,378.

Broadwindsor was formerly a liberty, containing only the parish itself.

The parish church is principally Perpendicular in style, though it has origins in the 12th and 13th centuries, and was rebuilt in 1868. Thomas Fuller, who wrote The Worthies of England and The History of the Holy Warre, preached here between 1634 and 1650.

King Charles II stayed the night in the village on 23 September 1651, after his flight from the Battle of Worcester.[1][2]

Broadwindsor contains the villages of Blackdown, Drimpton and the hamlet of Littlewindsor (redirected here).

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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