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Fifehead Neville, Dorset

Historical Description

Fifehead Neville, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2¼ 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.

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 parishFifehead-Neville All Saints 
Poor Law unionSturminster1835 -
Registration districtSturminster 
Registration sub-districtSturminster 

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

Church Records

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 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.

All Saints, Fifehead Neville
All Saints, Fifehead Neville
All Saints, Fifehead Neville
All Saints, Fifehead Neville

Civil Registration

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:

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:

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 districtDT10
Post TownSturminster Newton