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Mapperton House
Mapperton is located in Dorset
Mapperton shown within Dorset
Area1.26 sq mi (3.3 km2)
Population60 [1]
• Density48/sq mi (19/km2)
Civil parish
  • Mapperton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBeaminster
Postcode districtDT8
Dialling code01308
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°47′41″N 2°42′22″W / 50.7948°N 2.7062°W / 50.7948; -2.7062Coordinates: 50°47′41″N 2°42′22″W / 50.7948°N 2.7062°W / 50.7948; -2.7062

Mapperton is a civil parish in Dorset, England, 3 miles (4.8 km) south-east of Beaminster. Dorset County Council estimate that the population of the parish was 60 in 2013.[1]


The parish of Mapperton is comparatively small and covers only 804 acres (1.26 sq mi; 325 ha). The population has always been low, rising to a peak of 123 in 1821, before falling to 76 in 1901 and 50 in 1931. After the Second World War it dropped further; only 21 residents remained in 1961.[2]

Listed as Malperetone in the Domesday Book, the village's name means "farmstead where maple trees grow".[3]

Mapperton House[edit]

Mapperton is noted for its manor house, with both house and gardens open to the public during the summer months.[4]

The manor was owned from the 11th century by only four families (Brett, Morgan, Brodrepp, Compton), all linked by the female line, until it was sold to Ethel Labouchere in 1919. When she died in 1955 it was acquired by Victor Montagu, Viscount Hinchingbrooke. When he died in 1995 it passed to his son, The 11th Earl of Sandwich.[4]

Robert Morgan built a Tudor manor on the present site in the 1540s, and part of it remains as the north wing of the present building. The house was largely rebuilt in the 1660s by Richard Brodrepp, with the addition of the hall and west front, as well as the dovecote and stable blocks. A second Richard Brodrepp created the Georgian staircase in the 18th century. In 2006 the house was voted the "Nation's Finest Manor House" by Country Life magazine.[4][5]

The gardens are particularly noted, with an Italianate garden laid out in the 1920s and a wild garden in the 1950s.[4]


Filming location[edit]

The manor house was used in the filming of Emma, in which it became Randalls, the home of Mrs Weston; the 1997 BBC version of The History of Tom Jones; and the 2015 version of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Mapperton". A Vision of Britain.
  3. ^ A. D. Mills (2003). "A Dictionary of British Place-Names".
  4. ^ a b c d "Mapperton House and Gardens".
  5. ^ Barrow, Becky (May 25, 2006). "Why the grand Sandwich pile is a cut above the rest". Daily Mail. London.
  6. ^ "Emma 2 Locations: Mapperton House".
  7. ^ "Mapperton". Dorset OPC.

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