Dorset OPC

Beer Hackett

Dorset OPC

Beer Hackett is a small parish and village 4 miles south-west from Sherborne. To the north is the parish of Thornford, to the east is Lillington with Leigh at the southern tip, Yetminster is south-west and Bradford Abbas to the west. The parish church of St Michael is in the Early English style and has a chancel, nave, south porch and west tower with 4 bells. With the exception of the tower it was rebuilt in 1882. It seats 100 people and the parish registers date from 1549.

The parish covers 918 acres and the soil is clay, therefore most of the land is laid to pasture. Included in the parish is the tything of Knighton. The children from Beer Hackett attended the school at Thornford. There was never any post office or shop in the village and the census regularly reveal a population primarily engaged in agriculture. In 1891 the population of the parish including Knighton was 85 persons.

The Online Parish Clerk (OPC) for Beer Hackett is Zoe Martin
Please place the words 'OPC Beer Hackett' as your subject for e-mails.

Sadly on 5th July 2015 Caryl Parsons, formerly the OPC for Beer Hackett passed away. Much of the material on this page has been donated to the OPC Project by Caryl, and we are deeply indebted to her for her support and contributions. Zoe has kindly confirmed that she will continue to act as OPC for the Parish.

Resources are available for look-up by contacting me. There are also some transcriptions on this site and more will be added. The list below represents the main transcriptions I have, there may well be other smaller items not listed, so it is always worth contacting me. I am familiar with the village and surrounding area.

Census 1841, 1851, 1861 & 1901
1871 & 1881 by Keith Searson
I can also provide details from the 1891 census
Parish Registers Parish Register Baptisms 1549-1812, 1813-1860  & 1861 to 1900
Parish Register Marriages 1549-1812 & 1813-1900
Parish Register Burials 1549-1812 and 1813 to 1900
Postal Directories 1859, 1911, 1923, 1931, 1935 and 1939 Directories are available.
Monumental Inscriptions Indexed here please email the MI coordinator for futher details [link on page]
Militia Names from the 1798 militia list available for look-up 
Other Records Thomas Gollop Accounts Book 1765-1784
The Absent Voters list provides some service details to enable further tracing of military records
Records held at the Dorset History Centre
Christenings 1549-1630, 1640-1646, 1659-1671, 1696-1745, 1773-1993. Marriages 1549-1630, 1641, 1662-1671, 1696-1745, 1757-1992. Burials 1549-1630, 1640-1646, 1659-1671, 1686, 1696-1745, 1773-1812, 1814-1993.

Christenings 1549-1837. Marriages 1549-1836. Burials 1549-1835.

For modern location maps visit:-


Left. Tibbles Lane. There used to be some cottages at the end of this lane, now a track, by Tibbles Bridge.


Photographs by Caryl Parsons


Below. Two cottages close to the church, the one on the left was the Church Farm.


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