|The following chronological list
of boundary changes is far from comprehensive, but should help those of
you researching in these areas to track down those elusive records.
||The parish of Thorncombe
was in Devon until transferred to diocese of Salisbury in 1836 and finally
to the county of Dorset in 1844. At the same time the parish of Holwell,
an island of Somerset territory surrounded by Dorset, was transferred to
||The parishes of Goathill,
Poyntington, Sandford Orcas, Seaborough, and Trent
were transferred to from Somerset to Dorset, and Wambrook was
transferred from Dorset to Somerset. In the west of the county, Chardstock
was transferred to the county of Devon, but remains in the Diocese of
||The County of Dorset was
expanded to include Bournemouth, which had until then run its own
services, and Christchurch, together with parts of the surrounding
district was transferred from Hampshire to Dorset.
||The Borough councils of Poole
and Bournemouth became unitary authorities. However for ceremonial
purposes both Poole and Bournemouth are to be regarded as part of
If you know of other changes
me the details so that they can be included here. For links to genealogical
resources in the adjoining counties see the GENUKI entry below.