Place:Winterborne-Kingston, Dorset, England

Alt namesWinterborne Kingstonsource: Wikipedia
TypeVillage, Parish
Coordinates50.7786°N 2.1974°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: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Winterborne Kingston is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. Since 1974 it has been located in the North Dorset administrative district, 7 miles (11 km) south of the town of Blandford Forum and 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of the large village of Bere Regis. It is situated in a winterbourne valley on the edge of the dip slope of the Dorset Downs. In 2001 it had a population of 613 according to the UK census.

Winterborne Kingston consists of Kingston, which is two thirds of the western area of the parish, and Turberville (later called Abbots Court Farm) to the east. Still further east is the hamlet of Winterborne-Muston. The River Winterborne which flows through the village is a tributary of the River Stour.As the name implies, it tends to flow only in winter. Kingston or King's Winterbourne means the King held land here.

Dorset historically had many cottage industries related to the clothing trade. Button making (buttony) developed in the 1680s in the villages with Blandford the main centre. The 1851 census shows that many of the women in Winterborne Kingston were button makers. Most of the men in this area worked as agricultural labourers. The farms in this area were small dairy farms, which supplied dairy products to the London markets. There were also limekilns, which were an important part of the agricultural scene as they produced lime for spreading on the land. Barley was one of the main crops, and was used in the production of malt for the brewing of beer in Dorsetshire and London Breweries. Other trades in the area were carpenters, bricklayers, blacksmiths and shoemakers.

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Note that Wikipedia uses "Winterborne" and "Winterbourne" interchangeably.

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.
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