Place:Iwerne Courtney, Dorset, England

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NameIwerne Courtney
Alt namesShrotonsource: Wikipedia
Wernesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 94
Iwerne Courtnaysource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeVillage, Parish
Coordinates50.9138°N 2.2011°W
Located inDorset, England
See alsoBlandford Registration District, Dorset, Englandregistration district of which it was part
Blandford Rural, Dorset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


NOTE: Iwerne Minster and Iwerne Stepleton are two other villages on the river Iwerne in Dorset, England.

the text in this section is copied from an article in Wikipedia

Iwerne Courtney, also known as Shroton, is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It lies within the North Dorset administrative district, approximately north-west of the town of Blandford Forum. It is sited by the small River Iwerne between Hambledon Hill to the south-west and the hills of Cranborne Chase to the east. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 400.

In the Domesday Book Shroton was known as "Sheriff's Town", and in 1261 it received a grant from Henry the Third, enabling it to hold two annual fairs and a weekly market.[1] The autumn "Shroton Fair" used to be "one of the main Dorset events of the year". Dorset-born broadcaster Ralph Wightman wrote of the fair that "For many years time was dated in this part of Dorset by Shroton Fair. Old men recalled events by the number of months they had happened before or after this event." However the fair has now "vanished without a trace".[2] The name Iwerne Courtney - of which in 1980 author and Dorset resident Roland Gant wrote "I have heard only visitors to Dorset call it Iwerne Courtney"[3] - derives from when the Courtenays (a Devon family ) owned land here, on the Iwerne stream.[3]

The hamlet of Farrington is in the far northwest of the parish of Iwerne Courtney.

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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