Mapperton, a parish in Dorsetshire, 2¼ miles SE by E of Beaminster, and 5 from Bridport station on the G.W.R. Post town, Beaminster. Acreage, 821; population, 87. The manor, with Mapperton House, belongs to the Compton family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £260. The church was rebuilt in 1704.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Diocese||Bristol||1542 - 1836|
|Ecclesiastical parish||Mapperton St. Mary|
|Hundred||Beaminster Forum and Redborne|
|Poor Law union||Beaminster||1836 -|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1669. 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).
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Mapperton, 1669-1812 is online.
Church of England
St. Mary (parish church)
The parish church of St. Mary, rebuilt about 1700, and restored in 1846, is an edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, and a western turret containing one bell: there are two stained windows, and marble monuments to the Broderipp and Fox families : the church has about 90 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Mapperton was in Beaminster Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Bridport Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Mapperton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Mapperton (St. Mary))
- Kelly's Directory of Dorset, 1889
- Hunt & Co.'s Directory of Dorsetshire, Hampshire, & Wiltshire 1851
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.
Online maps of Mapperton are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.
The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.