Wootton Fitzpaine

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Wootton Fitzpaine
Wootton Fitzpaine Church - geograph.org.uk - 421769.jpg
Wootton Fitzpaine church
Wootton Fitzpaine is located in Dorset
Wootton Fitzpaine
Wootton Fitzpaine
Wootton Fitzpaine shown within Dorset
Population345 [1]
OS grid referenceSY371957
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
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50°45′29″N 2°53′31″W / 50.758°N 2.892°W / 50.758; -2.892Coordinates: 50°45′29″N 2°53′31″W / 50.758°N 2.892°W / 50.758; -2.892

Wootton Fitzpaine is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in South West England. It lies approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) north-east of Lyme Regis in a small side valley of the River Char, close to the Marshwood Vale. The civil parish covers an area of 3,307 acres (1,338 ha) and includes the ecclesiastical parish and small settlement of Monkton Wyld to the west.[2] In the 2011 census the civil parish had 180 dwellings, 134 households[3] and a population of 345.[1]

Wootton Fitzpaine village[edit]

Wootton House, as remodelled in about 1765[4] by Thomas Rose-Drewe (1740-1815)

Wootton Fitzpaine village consists primarily of two small centres: a larger western part comprising the village hall and about 50 densely placed houses, and a smaller eastern part comprising about a dozen houses, the church and manor house.[5] The village is sited on Middle Lias and greensand and has a history of being agriculturally relatively prosperous.[6]

The village name derives from 'Wodetone', meaning a farm close to a wood, plus the name of the manorial family, Fitzpaine.[7]

The parish church was built mostly between the 13th and 15th centuries but was restored and added to in 1872.[8] It lies within the grounds of the adjacent Wootton House,[7] a three-storey brick-built house re-built in about 1765 by Thomas Rose-Drewe (1740-1815),[9] second grandson of Thomas Rose (died 1747) of Wootton House, but also restored and added to in the late 19th century.[8] The rectory dates from the end of the 15th century.[10] Twenty structures within the parish are listed by English Heritage for their historic or architectural interest.[11]

The village has a website http://www.wootton-fitzpaine.co.uk/

Monkton Wyld village[edit]

50°45′46″N 2°56′26″W / 50.76286°N 2.94044°W / 50.76286; -2.94044

The church is dedicated to St Andrew, it was designed by Richard Cromwell Carpenter. The largest building in this hamlet is Monkton Wyld Court, a Grade II listed Victoria Gothic former rectory built in 1848.[12] It was also designed by Carpenter. It offers terraced south facing lawns, a dairy farm and an organic walled kitchen garden. The building was used between 1940 and 1982 as a residential school and is now run by a community as an educational centre for sustainable living.[13]

Footpaths and trails[edit]

The Wessex Ridgeway and Monarch's Way long-distance footpaths pass through the parish, as does the Liberty Trail, a more local designated way.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics. Wootton Fitzpaine (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Wootton Fitzpaine". Dorset OPC Project. 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Neighbourhood Statistics. Wootton Fitzpaine (Parish). Dwellings, Household Spaces and Accommodation Type, 2011 (KS401EW)". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/101287157-wootton-house-wootton-fitzpaine#.WZcZNFGQwqc
  5. ^ a b "The Char Valley Village Communities Action Plans 2003. Wootton Fitzpaine Parish". Retrieved 12 November 2013. (Note: this document is also published by Dorset County Council at dorsetforyou.co.uk)
  6. ^ Ralph Wightman (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. p. 160. ISBN 0 7090 0844 9.
  7. ^ a b "Wootton Fitzpaine". The Dorset Historic Churches Trust. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  8. ^ a b "An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1:West". British History Online (University of London & History of Parliament Trust). 2013 [1952]. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  9. ^ Vivian, Lt.Col. J.L., (Ed.) The Visitations of the County of Devon: Comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564 & 1620, Exeter, 1895, p.308
  10. ^ West Dorset Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1983. p. 22.
  11. ^ "Listed Buildings in Wootton Fitzpaine, Dorset, England". BritishListedBuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 11 November 2013.
  12. ^ Brittain-Catlin, Tim. "Rectory Report". Retrieved 8 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Monkton Wyld Court". Monkton Wyld School Reg. Char. 306217. Retrieved 17 July 2015.

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