In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Chedington like this:
CHEDDINGTON, or Chedington, a parish in Beaminster district, Dorset; at the sources of the rivers Axe and Parret, 3¼ miles N of Beamiuster, and 4½ SE of Crewkerne r. station. Post town, Mosterton, under Crewkerne. Acres, 773. Real property, with Mosterton and South Perrot, £5, 923. Pop., 176. Houses, 33. The property is divided among a few. The land is high and hilly; and most of its eminences command superb views. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £128.* Patron, W. T. Cox, Esq. The church is modern, and in the Tudor style. Hare, the translator of Horace, was rector.
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 Chedington 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 Chedington and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chedington in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th July 2014
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