Place:Blackdown, Dorset, England

Coordinates50.822°N 2.856°W
Located inDorset, England
See alsoBeaminster Registration District, Dorset, Englandregistration district in which it was located
Beaminster Rural, Dorset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
Broadwindsor, Dorset, Englandparish of which it is a part.
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Blackdown is a small village in the West Dorset district of Dorset, England; situated 7 miles (11 km) west of Beaminster. The village is 5 miles (8.0 km) from Crewkerne railway station and 25 miles (40 km) from Exeter International Airport. The main road through the village is the B3165, connecting Blackdown and Lyme Regis. The village has a population of 128 according to the 2001 UK Census.

The village lies at the foot of Blackdown Hill (215 m), one of Dorset's high points from which there are extensive views of the local area. It is located in the large parish of Broadwindsor, formerly in Beaminster 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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