- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Almer is a village in Dorset, England located on the A31 road near Winterborne-Zelston, Huish Manor, Sturminster Marshall and opposite the Drax estate. The main features of the village are Almer Manor, Almer Parish church and the old school house.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of West Chelborough from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "ALMER, a parish in Blandford district, Dorset; on an affluent of the Stour, 3½ miles S by W of Spettisbury [railway] station, and 7 W by S of Wimborne-Minster. It contains the hamlet of Mapperton. Post Town: Shapwick under Blandford. Acres: 1,161. Real property: £2,686. Population: 155. Houses: 34. The manor belongs to T. S Drax, Esq. of Charborough; and much of the surface is included in Charborough Park. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value: £284. Patron, Miss Drax."
The hamlet of Mapperton referred to by John Marius Wilson is not the parish of Mapperton in the west of Dorset.
Dorset Research Tips
One of the many maps available on the website A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Dorset at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. The internal boundaries on this map are the rural districts which are indicated in the "See Also" box for the place concerned (unless it is an urban parish).
The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases. Some are linked to Ancestry.
- GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Dorset, but it has left the 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes to UK Genealogy Archives.
- FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date, but UK Genealogy Archives may prove more helpful.
- A Vision of Britain through Time has
- organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts up to 1974
- excerpts from gazetteers of the late 19th century outlining individual towns and parishes
- reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
- More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.