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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 censuses 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

 

Transferred from Hampshire on 1.4.1974.

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

 

 

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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