The Parish of Winterborne Herringston

Herringston House
Herringston House [James Purkiss 2003]

Winterborne Herringston is a small parish in south Dorset, situated 2 miles south of Dorchester and 5 miles to the north of Weymouth. It is surrounded by the parishes of Dorchester (formerly Fordington parish) to the north, Winterborne Came to the east, Bincombe to the south and Winterborne Monkton to the west. The whole parish is part of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), designated in 1959.A map of parish boundaries can be found here

The parish is perhaps best known for the swathes of snowdrops which appear each spring on either side of Herringston House's driveway. Most of the other houses are, or were formerly, estate cottages.

The village's name changed over the centuries, as follows:

The village is named after the Winterborne river flowing through the valley, the Harang family, who owned the manor and 'tun' means 'estate' or 'village' [Mills 1998]. The same family owned Chaldon Herring and Langton Herring. The parish originally had a chapel or church (marked on OS maps as being situated under the front lawn of Herringston House) and later a chapel within the house itself [Good 1987]. Baptisms, marriages and burials of the parishioners are divided between Came and Monkton parish registers.

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Winterborne Came is James Purkiss. You may contact me by e-mail if you have further queries.

Please Note: I am an unpaid volunteer willing to assist others with their genealogical research and should in no way be confused with the Parish Council or Parochial Church Council clerks.

Places within the parish

Available Genealogical Data

Parish Registers

There are no parish registers for Herringston; baptisms, marriages and burials took place at either Monkton or Came churches and details can be found on the respective pages for the parishes.


Civil Registration & Poor Law see section


Postal Directories

I have transcribed one postal directory for the parish so far. More are available courtesy of the University of Leicester

Electoral Roll

The Dorset History Centre holds the electoral roll for the years 1838, 1840 and 1843.

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