In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Beaminster like this:
Beaminster, par. and market town, W. Dorset, 5 miles SW. of Crewkerne ry. sta. and 6 miles NE. of Bridport, 5118 ac., pop. 2130; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Thursday. It is situated in a good agricultural district, and has some mfrs. of sacking and pottery. The town has been three times destroyed by fire (1644,1684, and 1781). The par. contains Beaminster Manor.
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 Beaminster 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 Beaminster and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Beaminster in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th November 2014
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