In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Okeford Fitzpaine like this:
OKEFORD-FITZPAINE, a village and a parish in Sturminster district, Dorset. The village stands 1½ mile W S W of the river Stour and of Shillingstone r. station, and 6 N W of Blandford-Forum; is sometimes called Fipenny; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Bland ford. The parish comprises 2, 633 acres. ...
Real property, with Shillingstone, £7, 311. Pop. of O.-F. alone, 685; Houses, 153. The manor belonged formerly to the Nicholes and the Fitz-Paynes, and belongs now to Lord Rivers. A circular single-trenched camp is on Bunbury Hill, 1½ mile N W of the village; and several Britishcoins were found there in 1753. Bricks are made. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £491.* Patron, Lord Rivers. The church is decorated English; and partly restored, partly rebuilt, in 1866; and comprises nave, aisles, and chancel, with N porch and W tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, and poors land yielding £10 a year.
Okeford Fitzpaine is now part of North Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Okeford Fitzpaine itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Okeford Fitzpaine in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th March 2017
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