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Pimperne, Dorset

Historical Description

Pimperne, a parish in Dorsetshire. The parish lies 2½ miles NE by N of Blandford station on the Somerset and Dorsetshire Joint railway, and has a post office under Blandford 7 money order and telegraph office, Blandford. Acreage, 3058; population of the civil parish, 420; of the ecclesiastical, 391. There is a parish council consisting of seven members and a chairman. The manor belongs to Viscount Portman. The N tract is occupied by Pimperne Down. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; gross value, £430 witli residence. Patron, Viscount Portman. The church is partly Norman and all good, and contains an old font and a brass of 1688. The building was almost entirely rebuilt in 1874. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a reading-room. Christopher Pitt, the translator of the " Æneid," was rector.

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 parishPimperne St. Peter 
Poor Law unionBlandford1835 -
Registration districtBlandford 
Registration sub-districtBlandford 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1559. 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. Peter (parish church)

The parish church of St. Peter is a handsome edifice of stone, chiefly in the Gothic style, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, south-east porch and an embattled western tower, with pinnacles, containing 5 bells, one of which was recast and two added in 1891: the proch has a fine Norman arch: the stained east window was presented in 1868, by Alice and Elizabeth Wright, and on the south side is one to John and Emily M. Matthews, erected by their children in August, 1874: the brass lectern was given by Robert Hewett esq. of Reading, in 1893, in memory of his wife, who died 18 May, 1891: the church was rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1874, at the expense of the late Viscount Portman, and affords 210 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Pimperne was in Blandford Registration District from 1837 to 1956 and Poole Registration District from 1956 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Pimperne from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Pimperne 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 districtDT11
Post TownBlandford Forum