Almer, Dorset

Historical Description

Almer, a parish in Dorsetshire, on an affluent of the Stour, 3 miles S by W of Spettisbury station on the Somerset and Dorset railway, and 7 W by S of Wimborne-Minster. It contains the hamlet of Mapperton. It has a post office under Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Spettisbury. Acreage, 1170; population, 133. The living is a rectory; net value, £240. The church is an ancient building of stone.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Dorsetshire
Diocese Salisbury
Ecclesiastical parish Almer St. Mary
Hundred Loosebarrow
Poor Law union Blandford (1835-1894)
Poor Law union Wimborne and Cranborne (1894-)
Registration district Wimborne
Registration sub-district Wimborne

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Census Records

We have transcribed the complete 1901 census for Almer.


Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1538. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by Ancestry.co.uk and made available on their site (subscription required).


Churches

Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The parish church of St Mary is an ancient building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a lofty embattled western tower with pinnacles and containing 4 bells: on the north side of the nave is a small arcade of Norman arches: the church was restored in 1907 at a cost of £1,100, when the chancel was new roofed in oak: there are memorial windows to the Revs. V.R. Carter and C. Torkington, formerly rectors: there are 100 sittings.


Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Almer was in Blandford Registration District from 1837 to 1895 and Wimborne Registration District from 1895 to 1933


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Almer from the following:


Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Maps

Online maps of Almer are available from a number of sites:


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.


Villages, Hamlets, &c

Mapperton (Almer)


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.