In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Alton Pancras like this:
ALTON-PANCRAS, a parish and a liberty in Dorchester district, Dorset. The parish lies on the Downs, 2½ miles NE of Cerne-Abbas, and 7 E by S of Evershot r. station. Post Town, Cerne under Dorchester. Acres, 2,243. Real property, £2,642. Pop., 270. Houses, 55. The property is subdivided. The parish is a meet for the Blackmoor harriers. The living is a vicarage in the dio cese of Salisbury. Value, £208.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury. The church is good. The liberty is co-extensive with the parish.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Alton Pancras has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Alton Pancras and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Alton Pancras in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 13th February 2016
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