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Fifehead Magdalen, Dorset

Historical Description

Fifehead Magdalen, a parish in Dorsetshire on the river Stour, 4 miles from Gillingham station on the L. & S.W.R.,. and 6 W by S of Shaftesbury. Post town, Bath. Acreage, 973; population, 130. The manor belonged to St Augustine's in Bristol, and now belongs to Lord Wimborne. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £247 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church contains monuments of the Newmans, and is good.

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 -
Poor Law unionSturminster1835 -
Registration districtSturminster1837 - 1974
Registration sub-districtStalbridge 

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

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1565. 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).

We have transcribed the Marriages at Fifehead Magdalen from 1837-1921.


Church of England

St. Mary Magdalene, Fifehead Hill (parish church)

The church of St. Mary Magdalene is a small and plain building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle and porch, and an embattled tower containing 3 bells, rehung in 1904: the interior of the church was thoroughly restored in the year 1884, and in 1904 a complete restoration was carried out under the direction of Mr. E. Doran Webb, architect, of Salisbury, when the roof was renewed in oak and raised to its original height; the interior reseated in oak, a new reredos and organ provided at the sole cost of the late Col. P.J. Browne C.B., J.P.; there are 100 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Fifehead Magdalen was in Sturminster Registration District from 1837 to 1974

For births, marriages, and deaths in Fifehead Magdalen from 1837 to 1974 you should search for the Sturminster Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Fifehead Magdalen from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Fifehead Magdalen 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.

DistrictNorth Dorset
RegionSouth West
Postal districtSP8
Post TownGillingham