In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Church Knowle like this:
CHURCH-KNOWLE, a parish in Wareham district, Dorset; 1 mile WSW of Corfe-Castle, and 4 SSE of Wareham r. station. It includes the tythings of Brodle and Creech, and the village of Puddle-Mill. Post town, Corfe-Castle, under Wareham. Acres, 2, 920. Real property, £5, 403; of which £3, 412 are in mines. Pop., 511. Houses, 112. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £285.* Patron, Lieut. Col. Mansel. The church is very good.
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 Church Knowle has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Purbeck. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Church Knowle and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Church Knowle, in Purbeck and Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 31st July 2015
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