Mappowder, Dorset

Historical Description

Mappowder, a parish in Dorsetshire, 6 miles NE by E of Cerne Abbas, and 6 SW of Sturminster Newton station on the Somerset and Dorset Joint railway. It has a post office under Blandford; money order and telegraph office, Haselbury Bryan. Acreage, 1901; population, 195. Stone is quarried. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £280 with residence. The church is a fine edifice with a tower, has been restored, and contains a Norman font, an effigies of a crusader, and monuments of the Cokers. John Coker, author of the " Survey of Dorset," was a native.

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 Mappowder St. Peter and St. Paul
Hundred Buckland Newton
Poor Law union Cerne (1835-)
Registration district Dorchester
Registration sub-district Cerne

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


Church Records

The register dates from the year 1653. 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. Peter and St. Paul (parish church)

The parish church of SS. Peter and Paul is a small edifice of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, south aisle, south porch, and a western tower, with pinnacles, containing 5 bells : there is a memorial to a boy Crusader: the church was restored in 1865, and has sittings for 120 persons.


Civil Registration

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

Mappowder was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1937, and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974


Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Mappowder from the following:


Maps

Online maps of Mappowder 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.


Visitations Heraldic

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