Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England


Notes: In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Frome St Quintin like this:

FROME ST. QUINTIN, a parish in Dorchester district, Dorset; on the river Frome, and on the Dorchester and Yeovil railway, adjacent to the Roman road from Dorchester, near Evershot r. station, 5 miles WNW of Cerne-Abbas. Post town, Evershot, under Dorchester-Acres, 1, 025. Real property, £1, 410. Pop., 129 Houses, 30. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged once to the St. Quintins. Caldwell here, now a farm, was formerly a chapelry. The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacy of Evershot, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £324.* Patron, the Earl of Ilchester. The church is good.

Description of Frome St Quintin from the Dorset OPC Site:

Frome St Quintin is a village and parish situated on gently sloping ground in the Frome Valley, approximately 7 miles north of Dorchester, near the old Roman road that leads out of that town. Originally known as ‘Litelfrome’, meaning ‘little estate by the River Frome’, it received its manorial addition of St. Quintin in the 13th century in honour of the Norman family of that name who were lords of the manor. In marked contrast to its name, in the Domesday Book Litelfrome is represented as a place of considerable extent, with a mill and land enough to support 400 sheep and 50 goats – although the manor then included the hamlets of Evershot, Caldwell and Holywell too. It was held by the King, later passing to the Earls of Gloucester, who remained lords paramount and leased it out over several generations to the St. Quintin family. Later lords of the manor included the Marmions, Fitzhughs, Lords Dacres and Hardys. By the late 19th century, as a result of judicious purchases, ownership of the land was concentrated in the hands of the Earl of Ilchester who resided at Melbury House in nearby Melbury Sampford.

Holywell is still a hamlet within the bounds of the parish, but Evershot finally became a parish in its own right in 1974 and Caldwell, once a chapelry, is now a farm. The population of the parish has remained fairly steady since 1841 at around 150, plus or minus 10, but the village of Frome St. Quintin itself may once have been a more bustling place. In the 54th year of the reign of Henry III (1269-70) a fair was granted to Frome St. Quintin, and fairs continued to be held here on May 1st and July 16th until 1800 when they were discontinued. Now a sense of calm pervades the village and it is known rather for its natural habitat, especially its alder, ash and oak woodlands, tall herb fens and grassland meadows.

Architecturally, the village has some fine old buildings, including Frome House with its three-sided porch of Roman Doric stone columns added by George Baker in 1782 and whose regular house-guests included the famous Dorset poet, Rev. George Crabbe. However, the jewel in Frome St. Quintin’s architectural crown is undoubtedly St. Mary’s church, which survived the Victorian mania for “restoring” medieval churches largely unscathed, with repairs to some walls and stone crosses added to the gable apexes. Set a little apart from the village, the church is reached by a path through a meadow where often as not cows are grazing. Built of local rubble and flint with freestone dressings and stone slab eaves topped with clay tiles, it stands in the middle of the field, enclosed by a high hedge. The churchyard is noted for its several examples of 17th and 18th century table tombs, including a well-preserved one to John Hopkins of 1734 and another to John Sheppard dated June 27 1793.

The nave and chancel of St. Mary’s are late 13th century, with various refenestrations from the 14th to 17th centuries, although two 13th century lancet windows remain. A south porch was added in the 15th century and a carved medieval corbel depicting heads has been reset there, while at the North-West end of the nave a Norman doorway leads to an early 15th century tower with an embattled parapet. Inside the church there is a Purbeck marble font from c1200 and a Purbeck marble coffin lid incised with a floriated cross from the same period. Both the nave and the chancel are capped by fine barrel ceilings. The chancel itself is painted a delicate pink, which pleasantly compliments the bare stone walls of the nave and draws the attention of the viewer to the altar and the attractive reredos. All in all, St. Mary’s is a delightful country church.

Latitude: 50.8202984, Longitude: -2.5684525


Frome St Quintin Parish Church
Frome St Quintin Parish Church
Media Date: 1 FEB 2003
Keywords: locations, photos, Picture


Matches 1 to 2 of 2

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Birth    Person ID 
1 Mullins, Henry Charles  6 May 1876Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I16
2 Mullins, Henry Joseph Alexander  5 Feb 1903Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I19


Matches 1 to 5 of 5

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Died    Person ID 
1 Goffe, Thomas  1882Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I262
2 Kindin, Elizabeth Fiander  11 Dec 1890Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I2638
3 Lowery, Ruby Harle  26 Dec 1980Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I20
4 Mullins, Henry Charles  20 Sep 1958Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I16
5 Mullins, Henry Joseph Alexander  6 Feb 1983Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I19


Matches 1 to 5 of 5

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Buried    Person ID 
1 Goffe, Thomas  4 Jul 1882Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I262
2 Lowery, Ruby Harle  Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I20
3 Mullins, Henry Charles  Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I16
4 Mullins, Henry Joseph Alexander  Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I19
5 Pitcher, Frances Susan  Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I17


Matches 1 to 13 of 13

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Census    Person ID 
1 Goff, Charles  3 Apr 1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I2618
2 Goff, Charlotte  1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I2640
3 Goff, Charlotte  3 Apr 1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I2640
4 Goff, George  3 Apr 1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I2777
5 Goff, Mary  1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I34
6 Goffe, Thomas  3 Apr 1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I262
7 Groves, Alice May  29 Sep 1939Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I21
8 Kindin, Elizabeth Fiander  3 Apr 1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I2638
9 Mullins, Annie  1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I120
10 Mullins, Charles Arthur  29 Sep 1939Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I18
11 Mullins, Henry Charles  1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I16
12 Mullins, Henry Charles  1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I33
13 Mullins, Katie Elizabeth  1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I121


Matches 1 to 3 of 3

   Last Name, Given Name(s)    Occupation    Person ID 
1 Goff, George  3 Apr 1881Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I2777
2 Groves, Alice May  29 Sep 1939Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I21
3 Mullins, Charles Arthur  29 Sep 1939Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England I18


Matches 1 to 1 of 1

   Family    Married    Family ID 
1 /   Between Apr 1956 and Jun 1956Frome St Quintin, Dorset, England F39