Transcript of the description for Mappowder from Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
MAPPOWDER, a village, 6 miles S.W. from Sturminster and 6 N.E. from Cerne Abbas. The Church is a small neat structure, surmounted with a tower. The living is a rectory. The parish comprises 1887 acres, and contained in 1841, 270 inhabitants.
Allen Rev John Henry Thomas, M.A. (rector)
Bennett Cave, farmer
Biles Robert, dairyman
Chaldecott Eleanor, grocer and baker
Cross William and Henry, farmers
Free School, White Lydia, mistress
James William, farmer
Kingman Thomas, dairyman
Legg Alfred, parish clerk
Mitchell William, 'Nag's Head'
Snook Henry, tailor
Simmonds Simon, farmer
Topp George, farmer