- source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
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Winterborne-Whitechurch, also Winterborne Whitchurch, is a village in central Dorset, England, situated in a winterbourne valley on the A354 road on the Dorset Downs 5 miles (8.0 km) south-west of Blandford Forum. The village had a population of 694 in 2001 according to the UK census.
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As is noted in the following extract, Winterborne-Whitchurch was the birthplace of John and Charles Wesley, the founders of the Methodist denomination.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Winterborne-Whitechurch from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "WINTERBORNE-WHITCHURCH, a parish, with W.-Whatcombe hamlet and Law-Lee tything, in Blandford district, Dorset; 5 miles WSW of Spetisbury [railway] station, and 5¼ SW of Blandford. Post town, Blandford. Acres: 2,841. Real property: £3,781. Population: 554. Houses: 103. The property is chiefly divided between two. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value: £97. Patron, the Bishop of [Salisbury]. The church is good; and there are a Wesleyan chapel and a national school. Samuel Wesley was vicar, but eventually ejected for non-conformity; and his sons, John and Charles, the founders of Methodism, were born here during his incumbency."
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
- organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts up to 1974
- excerpts from gazetteers of the late 19th century outlining individual towns and parishes
- 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.