Pimperne is a village and civil parish in north Dorset, England, situated on Cranborne Chase northeast of the town of Blandford Forum. In the 2011 census the civil parish had 478 households and a population of 1109. Pimperne is the most populous area of the electoral ward named Cranborne Chase. This ward extends north eastwards through Tarrant Hinton to Ashmore. The total ward population at the abovementioned census was 1,993.
The first records of Pimperne go back to the Domesday Book in the late 11th century, where it is recorded as "Pinpre", but it is believed that the village goes back to Anglo-Saxon times. A Bronze Age settlement was discovered in the barrows to the north of the village. A house found in this has been used as the model for all Bronze Age houses, including the reconstruction at Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire. The parish church of St Peter was rebuilt by Lord Portman of Bryanston in 1872-4, though some Norman features from the previous building, such as the font and chancel arch, were retained.
Pimperne is centred on its shop/post office, two pubs and the parish church. Other amenities are found in nearby Blandford Forum.
A sketchmap of the rural district can be viewed at Blandford Rural District.
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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).
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