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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 & Wales, 1894-5


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

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
Ecclesiastical parishAlmer St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBlandford1835 - 1894
Poor Law unionWimborne and Cranborne1894 -
Registration districtWimborne 
Registration sub-districtWimborne 

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 and made available on their site (subscription required).


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.


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.

DistrictEast Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT11
Post TownBlandford Forum