|Here on the edge of the Vale of
Blackmore near to Bulbarrow Hill, is the parish of Mappowder and its
small collection of stone built cottages and church. Lying 7 miles
southwest of Sturminster Newton and 10 miles northeast of Dorchester it
is said that the name came from the Old english word Mapluldor which
meant a maple tree, and in the Domesday Survey it was referred to as
The church is dedicated to St Peter and St Paul and is mostly of 15th century construction with a tower added in 1868 in the same style.
Inside there is a small effigy of a knight from the 13th century in a recess and he is said to commemorate the death of a crusador whose heart was returned here to be buried in his home parish. A short way from the gate to the churchyard is the cottage which was home to T. F. Powys the novelist and he is buried here in the churchyard