Okeford Fitzpaine

alias Fipenny

See link below for more photographs

Okeford Fitzpaine is a parish and a village, situated in the Blackmore Vale, four miles south-east from Sturminster Newton. The parish of Sturminster Newton forms its north west boundary and going clockwise from the north other adjacent parishes are; Hammoon, Shillingstone, Turnworth, Ibberton, Belchalwell and Fifehead Neville. Under the Divided Parish Act (19thC) part of the parish of Belchalwell was added to Okeford for civil purposes. The ancient church of St Andrew is on a small rise just above the village. The registers date from 1592.

There was also a Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapel here and a Wesleyan Chapel at Fiddleford. Fiddleford is a hamlet transferred in 1884 from Child Okeford to Okeford Fitzpaine. A National School was built in Okeford in 1873. The land is mainly pasture and comprises 3739 acres. In 1891 the population of the civil parish was 687 with 557 in the ecclesiastical parish.

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Most of the material available for Okeford Fitzpaine was transcribed and donated by Derek Stone who had been OPC for the Parish for many years.
The OPC Project is indebted to Derek for his support.
Census The 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881 & 1891 are online
Parish Registers Baptisms 
1813-1881, 1882-1906
1683-1725 [Kim Parker], 1751-1857
Church Graveyard Burial Register, including Cemetery map and photographs [External]
Directories Kelly's Directory 1880, 1899 [Annette Rose], 1903, 1920, 1927, 1931 [Annette Rose], 1939 [Annette Rose]
Photographs Photographs of the church, monumental stones and the village
Roll of Honour Names from the Roll of Honour inside the Church [External]
External Links Okeford Fitzpaine Parish Web Site
Okeford Fitzpaine Village Web Site
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Okeford Fitzpaine' under place search.
For modern location maps visit:-  www.multimap.com

Records held at the Dorset History Centre [PE-OFP]
Christenings 1592-2002. Marriages 1594-2007. Burials 1593-2002
Registration District
(for the purpose of civil registration births, marriages, deaths & civil partnerships)
1 Jul 1837-31 Mar 1974: Sturminster
1 Apr 1974-17 Oct 2005: North Dorset


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