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Beer Hackett, Dorset

Historical Description

Beer-Hackett, a parish in Dorsetshire, near Yetminster station on the G.W.R., 5 miles SE by S of Yeovil. It includes the hamlet of Knighton, and its post town is Yetminster, under Sherborne, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 918; population, 85. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £180. The church is a stone building in the Perpendicular style, rebuilt in 1882.

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 parishBeer-Hacket St. Michael 
Poor Law unionSherborne1835 -
Registration districtSherborne 
Registration sub-districtYetminster 

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

Census Records

We have transcribed the following census returns for Beer Hackett:

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1549. 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. Michael (parish church)

The parish church of St Michael is a stone building in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and a western tower containing 3 bells: the stained east window is a memorial to the Rev. Frank Newington B.A. vicar of Osmington, who died October 10, 1877: the church was rebuilt in 1882, with the exception of the tower, at a cost of £1,100, and in 1897 the tower was rebuilt at a cost of £570; there are 100 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Beer Hackett was in Sherborne Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Beer Hackett from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Beer Hackett 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

Knighton (Beer Hackett)

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictWest Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtDT9
Post TownSherborne