19th Century St Martin’s Parish

The area occupied by present day Sandford lies mostly, but not entirely, in the 19th Century Civil Parish of Wareham St Martin. This parish consisted of three distinct areas linked only by roads. These were:

• The Northern Eastern part of Wareham including Northport.
• Carey, Trigon, Cold Harbour, and Bere Road.
• Sandford, Keysworth, West Holton, Holton and part of Organford.

The first area was the "in parish", and the last two areas were the Western and Eastern parts, respectively, of the "out parish", so Sandford lay in the Eastern part of the out parish.

The out-parish of St.Martins in the 1840s


1840s Tithe map and census for St Martin

The area occupied by present day Sandford lay mostly, but not entirely, in the 19th Century Civil Parish of Wareham St Martin. The Census of 1841, the Tithe Map of 1843, and the accompanying Apportionment of 1844 together provide a view of where people lived, who lived there, and what they did. It is interesting to note, however, that none of these three documents uses the name Sandford anywhere. The view they give is unrivalled, because for most of the period for which census data are available (until 1911) most buildings in St Martin did not have formal addresses so, with a few exceptions such as Pottery Terrace and Sandford House, it is much harder to associate census entries with buildings.

Extracts from Tithe map and apportionments

Parish Nature Notes for January - John Wright

Last year I wrote about some of the plants and animals seen on Great Ovens Heath through the seasons, although in reality I attempted detailed recording of plants, butterflies, dragonflies and birds etc throughout the Parish. In 2012, the second year of our Sandford heritage Project, I plan to continue with this rather ambitious undertaking, with help from other enthusiastic naturalists within the Parish. Hence, as the year progresses, I will be reporting on a few of my observations each month to encourage readers to enjoy the varied wildlife we have all around us.

Sandford Goes Wild

February sees the Sandford Heritage Project launch 'Sandford Goes Wild'. This initiative aims to enthuse and inspire people to manage their gardens in a way which encourages wildlife, and to report sightings of wildlife. In addition, it aims to support groups and individuals in encouraging wildlife in other open spaces. We will also be working with the local schools and youth groups


Wildlife Notes for Great Ovens Heath by John Wright - December

With hindsight, all the dire predictions of severe weather in December proved to be unfounded and the month started mild and cloudy. As I walked past the southern end of the sand quarry a flock of perhaps ten or a dozen long-tailed tits appeared, maintaining close contact with each other through their urgent 'tsee-tsee-tsee' calls as they moved between exposed open areas. Their tiny beaks, ideally suited for snatching minute insects and spiders, mean that they must spend most of the day actively feeding in order to survive the long winter nights.

Long-tailed tit

Wildlife Notes for Great Ovens Heath by John Wright - November

The month started with a mild day, blue sky and plenty to see. In just over two hours I saw or heard ten dartford warblers, four of which were singing males. Clearly the Great Ovens population has started to increase and now we must hope for a mild winter. Several stonechats, linnets and a yellowhammer were still on the heath and temperatures were high enough for a red admiral and common darter dragonflies to be on the wing. I even saw a late season field grasshopper.

Male Stonechat

Wildlife Notes for Great Ovens Heath by John Wright - October

October can be a fascinating month as the weather switches between breezy wet days and mild sunny days. Throughout the month some birds are moving through and other residents are preparing for the onset of winter.
The 5th October was windy and overcast with several meadow pipits and pied wagtails flying overhead, supplemented with a redpoll and a couple of crossbills. These last two species were numerous in Morden Bog throughout October and large numbers have also been recorded along the south coast.

Sika Stag