Okeford Fitzpaine

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Okeford Fitzpaine
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Okeford Fitzpaine, looking towards the parish church
Okeford Fitzpaine is located in Dorset
Okeford Fitzpaine
Okeford Fitzpaine
 Okeford Fitzpaine shown within Dorset
Population 979 
OS grid reference ST806110
District North Dorset
Shire county Dorset
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places

Coordinates: 50°53′53″N 2°16′36″W / 50.8981°N 2.2768°W / 50.8981; -2.2768

Okeford Fitzpaine /ˈkfərd fɪtsˈpn/ is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset, situated in the Blackmore Vale 3 miles (4.8 km) 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.[1] In 2001 the population of the civil parish of the village, including the hamlets of Belchalwell to the west and Fiddleford to the north, was 979.[2]

The village was listed as "Adford" in the Domesday Book, and has since been "Aukford Alured" and "Ockford Phippin", the latter echoing the modern colloquial "Fippenny Ockford" and its shorthand, "Ockford".[3]

Within the parish are about 55 listed houses,[4] 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.


  1. ^ Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 136. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9. 
  2. ^ Parish & Ward Population Estimates for Dorset 1992-2004
  3. ^ Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. p. 50. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3. 
  4. ^ Search on Okeford Fitzpaine

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