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REGISTRATION DISTRICTS IN DORSET

The list below shows the civil registration districts in Dorset (sometimes known as "Dorsetshire") since 1837. The same districts were used to compile the census returns for the years 1851 to 1911.

For the purposes of these pages, "Dorset" refers to:

Click on a district name in the table below to see the places and dates covered, or see the Index of Place Names for the whole of England and Wales.

 

Registration District

Registration County

From

To

Comments

Axminster

Devon

1837

1936

Partly in Dorset until 1.7.1936.

Beaminster

Dorset

1837

1937

Abolished 1.4.1937 to become part of Bridport registration district.

Blandford

Dorset

1837

1956

Abolished 1.7.1956 to become part of Poole registration district.

Bournemouth

Dorset

1974

2019

Transferred from Hampshire on 1.4.1974. Abolished 1.4.2019 to become part of Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole registration district.

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole

Dorset

2019

 

Created 1.4.2019 out of Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole registration districts.

Bridport

Dorset

1837

1997

Abolished 1.4.1997 to become West Dorset registration district.

Cerne

Dorset

1837

1838

Abolished 15.1.1838 to become part of Dorchester registration district.

Chard

Somerset

1837

1895

Partly in Dorset until 30.9.1895.

Dorchester

Dorset

1837

1949

Abolished 1.7.1949 to become part of Weymouth registration district.

Dorset

Dorset

2005

 

Created 17.10.2005 from East Dorset, North Dorset, and South & West Dorset registration districts.

East Dorset

Dorset

1997

2005

Created 1.4.1997 out of Bournemouth and Poole registration districts. Abolished 17.10.2005 to become part of Dorset registration district.

Mere

Wiltshire

1837

1896

Partly in Dorset until 1.11.1896

North Dorset

Dorset

1974

2005

Created 1.4.1974 out of Poole and Sturminster registration districts.  Abolished 17.10.2005 to become part of Dorset registration district.

Poole

Dorset

1837

2019

Abolished 1.4.2019 to become part of Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole registration district.

Shaftesbury

Dorset

1837

1937

Abolished 1.4.1937 to become part of Sturminster registration district.

Sherborne

Dorset

1837

1937

Abolished 1.4.1937 to become part of Sturminster registration district.

South Dorset

Dorset

1997

2001

Created 1.4.1997 out of Weymouth and Poole registration districts. Abolished 1.10.2001 to become part of South & West Dorset registration district.

South & West Dorset

Dorset

2001

2005

Created 1.10.2001 from South Dorset and West Dorset registration districts.  Abolished 17.10.2005 to become part of Dorset registration district.

Sturminster

Dorset

1837

1974

Abolished 1.4.1974 to become part of North Dorset registration district.

Wareham

Dorset

1837

1937

Abolished 1.4.1937 to become part of Poole registration district.

West Dorset

Dorset

1997

2001

Created 1.4.1997 out of Bridport registration districts. Abolished 1.10.2001 to become part of South & West Dorset registration district.

Weymouth

Dorset

1837

1997

Abolished 1.4.1997 to become part of South Dorset registration district.

Wimborne

Dorset

1837

1937

Abolished 1.4.1937 to become part of Blandford registration district.

Wincanton

Dorset

1837

1895

Partly in Dorset until 1.6.1895.


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