In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Cheselbourne like this:
CHESELBORNE, or Chesilborne, a parish in Dorchester district, Dorset; on an affluent of the river Piddle, 6½ miles E by S of Cerne-Abbas, and 7½ NNW of Moreton r. station. Post town, Milton-Abbas, under Blandford. Acres, 2, 580. Real property, £2, 752. Pop., 432. Houses, 91. The property is divided among a few. The parish is a meet for the Blackmoor Vale harriers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £254.* Patron, Lord Rivers. The church is good, and has an embattled tower.
Cheselbourne 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 Cheselbourne itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Cheselbourne in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th March 2017
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