Fifehead Neville, Dorset
Fifehead Neville, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2 ¼ miles SW of Sturminster town and 3 miles from Sturminster Newton station on the Somerset and Dorsetshire railway. Post town, Sturminster Newton under Blandford. Acreage, 1355 ; population of civil parish, 164; of the ecclesiastical, 102, The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; net value, £113 with residence. Patron, Lord Rivers. The church is very good, and there are charities.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Fifehead-Neville All Saints|
|Poor Law union||Sturminster (1835-)|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1573. 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).
Church of England
All Saints (parish church)
The parish church of All Saints is a very small and ancient building of stone in the Italian style, and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a western turret containing one bell: a new stained window was placed in the church in 1906 by Col. Salkeld to the memory of his ancestors : the church was restored in 1895 at a cost of about £200, and affords 90 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Fifehead Neville was in Sturminster Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Fifehead Neville from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.
Online maps of Fifehead Neville are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.