including Alweston

Folke Church dedicated to St Lawrence

Folke is a parish 3 miles south-east from Sherborne. The parish lies in the Blackmore Vale and includes the hamlet of Folke itself and the slightly larger settlement of Alweston. The parish comprises 2120 acres. The church of St Lawrence was repaired and thoroughly restored in 1875, the north and south aisles were built in 1628. The Manor House dates from about 1500, and adjoins the parish church. The registers date from 1538.

In the 19th century most of the land was cultivated for corn or was pasture. In 1891 the population was 138 most of whom were engaged in agriculture. There was no post office but there was a Free School which was built in 1844.

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The Dorset OPC is indebted to Jacqui Bowen formerly the OPC for Folke for most of the material on these pages

Census 1841
[with North Wootton]
Parish Registers Baptisms 1538-1812 [Kim Parker]
Marriages 1561-1812 [Kim Parker]
Burials 1539-1812 [Kim Parker]
Bishop's Transcripts
, 1701-1750, 1751-1800, 1801-1850, 1851-1878

1629-1669, 1701-1750, 1751-1776, 1801-1880 (with gaps)
(note: most marriages not in BTs after 1776)
, 1701-1750, 1751-1800, 1801-1850, 1851-1878
Postal Directories  
Monumental Inscriptions MIs transcribed in situ 2008
Other Records Wills proved in the Court of the Dean of Salisbury [Kim Parker]
PCC Wills Index [Kim Parker]
Maps The 1881 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Folke' under place search
FolkeMap.jpg (153785 bytes) For modern location maps visit:

For a 1920s map of the area click on the thumbnail on the left for a larger version

Folke Church & Rectory

Folke Rectory


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