List of sanitary districts in Dorset

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Under the Public Health Acts 1873 and 1875 the Poor Law Unions were used as the basis for sanitary districts. All municipal boroughs and areas with bodies such as improvement commissioners became Urban Sanitary Districts. (Any area which acquired borough or urban status after the Act also became at that point an Urban Sanitary District). The remaining areas of the country - i.e., the Unions minus the urban areas - became Rural Sanitary Districts.

Under the Local Government Act 1894 the Urban and Rural Sanitary Districts in Dorset were succeeded by Urban Districts and Rural Districts.

Sanitary districts in Dorset between 1875 and 1894[edit]

  • RSD - Rural Sanitary District
  • USD - Urban Sanitary District

Axminster RSD[edit]

In Devon but also covered the following parishes, then in Dorset:

Beaminster RSD[edit]



Blandford RSD[edit]

Blandford Forum USD[edit]

Bridport RSD[edit]

Bridport USD[edit]

Cerne RSD[edit]

Chard RSD[edit]

In Somerset but also covered the following parish, at that time in Dorset:

Dorchester RSD[edit]

Dorchester USD[edit]

Kinson USD[edit]

Lyme Regis USD[edit]

Mere RSD[edit]

In Wiltshire but also covered the following Dorset parishes:

Poole RSD[edit]

Poole USD[edit]

Portland USD[edit]

Shaftesbury RSD[edit]

Shaftesbury USD[edit]

  • parts of Shaftesbury (Holy Trinity, St James, St Peter)

Sherborne RSD[edit]



Sherborne USD[edit]

Sturminster RSD[edit]

Swanage USD[edit]

Wareham and Purbeck RSD[edit]

Wareham USD[edit]

  • Wareham Holy Trinity (part); Lady St Mary (part 1875-86; entire 1886-94); St Martin (part)

Weymouth RSD[edit]

Weymouth and Melcombe Regis USD[edit]

Wimborne and Cranborne RSD[edit]

Wimborne Minster USD[edit]

Wincanton RSD[edit]

In Somerset but covered the following Dorset parishes: