Place:Bryanston, Dorset, England

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NameBryanston
Alt namesBryanstone
TypeVillage
Coordinates50.8583°N 2.1825°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
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Bryanston is a village and civil parish in north Dorset, England, situated on the River Stour 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Blandford Forum. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 925. The village is adjacent to the grounds of Bryanston School, an independent school.

The village was named after Brian de Lisle, a Baron at the court of King John. The Rogers family owned it for a long period of time, and it was later purchased by Sir William Portman, 6th Baronet, who took part in crushing Monmouth's rebellion in 1685. In the 1890s the Portman family built a large country house, designed by Richard Norman Shaw and set in 400 acres (160 ha). Since 1927 the building has been the home of Bryanston School. In 1950 Viscount Portman gave up the Bryanston Estates as part payment of death duties, and they are now mostly owned by the crown.

Bryanston 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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