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.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Beaminster in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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