In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bradford Abbas like this:
BRADFORD-ABBAS, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Sherborne district, Dorset. The village stands on the river Yeo, adjacent to the Southwestern railway, 2½ miles ESE of Yeovil station, and 3½ SW by W of Sherborne; and has a post office under Sherborne. The parish comprises 1,139 acres. ...
Real property, £3,055. Pop., 585. Houses, 134. The property is all in one estate. The living is a vicarage, united with the rectory of Clifton-Maybank, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £479.* Patron, Winchester college. The church is good. An endowed school has £24; and other charities £28. The subdistrict comprises thirteen parishes. Acres, 12,836. Pop., 3,372. Houses, 738.
Bradford Abbas is now part of West Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Bradford Abbas itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bradford Abbas in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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