Place:Okeford Fitzpane, Dorset, England


NameOkeford Fitzpane
Alt namesAdfordsource: Domesday Book (1985) p 95
Okeford Fitzpainesource: Wikipedia
Okeford-Fitzpainesource: Family History Library Catalog
Coordinates50.898107°N 2.277088°W
Located inDorset, England

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Okeford Fitzpaine is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset, situated in the Blackmore Vale south of the town of Sturminster Newton in the North Dorset administrative district. It is sited on a thin strip of greensand under the scarp face of the Dorset Downs. In the 2011 census the civil parish—which includes the hamlet of Belchalwell to the west and most of Fiddleford to the north—had 404 dwellings, 380 households and a population of 913.

In 1086 in the Domesday Book Okeford Fitzpaine was recorded as Adford; it had 40 households, was in Sturminster Newton Hundred and the tenant-in-chief was Glastonbury Abbey. Since then it has been known as "Aukford Alured" and "Ockford Phippin", the latter echoing the modern colloquial "Fippenny Ockford" and its shorthand, "Ockford".

Within the parish are about 55 listed houses, a green listed telephone box, and a tiny museum exhibiting the village's own early 19th-century fire engine and the World War II air-raid siren issued to the village post office. There is a small school, a public house and a village shop.

TV presenter Jack Hargreaves, known for having devised and presented How!, Out of Town and Old Country, lived at Belchalwell.

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