In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Compton Abbas like this:
COMPTON-ABBAS, a parish in Shaftesbury district, Dorset; 2¾ miles S by E of Shaftesbury, and 5¼ S of Semley r. station. It includes Twyford hamlet; and its post town is Shaftesbury, under Salisbury-Acres, 1, 516. Real property, with Fontmell-Magna, £4, 796. Pop., 456. Houses, 95. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to Shaftesbury Abbey. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £267.* Patron, Sir R.Glyn, Bart. The church is old and tolerable.
Compton Abbas is now part of North Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Compton Abbas itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Compton Abbas in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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