Pimperne is a parish on the road from Blandford to Salisbury, being about 2 miles north-east from Blandford. The church of St Peter has a fine Norman arch in the porch. The parish registers date from 1559. There was also a Wesleyan chapel and a reading room. A National School was built in 1864. In the centre of the village are the remains of an old cross.

Anvil Inn Pimperne courtesy of Ann Bright

The downlands in the parish contain many barrows, including a long barrow, the area was once well known as a training ground for racehorses. In 1886 the hamlet of Nutford was transferred from Blandford to Pimperne and under the Local Government Act of 1894 a further portion of Blandford was transferred to this parish. The area is now 2914 acres and in 1891 the population was 420 in the civil and 391 in the ecclesiastical parish.

The post of Online Parish Clerk (OPC) is currently vacant
If you would like to volunteer for the role, please contact the OPC Project Co-ordinator
Contributions of additional resource materials for the site are always welcome

Most of the material online has been contributed by the former OPC, Terri Davies, whose contributions over the years have been invaluable

Census The following census are online-
1841, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891
Parish Registers The following are on-line:
Baptisms 1732-1812
Marriages 1733-1764
Burials 1732-1812
Postal & Street Directories
Land records  
Other records Various wills of former Pimperne residents have been transcribed by Ros Dunning
John Baverstock the Elder 1774
William Baverstock 1833
Robert Brown 1728
Ann Newell 1765
Jane Selby 1823
John Selby 1791
Photographs For six Photographs of the church interior and exterior
Maps The 1891 Ordnance Survey maps of the parish can be seen at the old-maps site, just enter 'Pimperne' under place search.
For modern location maps & aerial views visit:-  www.multimap.com


An old postcard from the collection of Terri Davies [circa 1900-1920] showing the Church and the Cross



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