In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Compton Valence like this:
COMPTON-VALLENCE, or East Compton, a parish in Dorchester district, Dorset; 2½ miles SW of Grimstone and Frampton r. station, and 6½ WNW of Dorchester. It has a post office, of the name of Compton-Vallence, under Dorchester. Acres, 1, 296. Real property, £1, 498. Pop., 136. Houses, 26. The property is all in one estate. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £300.* Patron, R. Williams, Esq. The church is an edifice of 1840, in the later English style, after designs by Ferrey.
Compton Valence 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 Compton Valence itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Compton Valence in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th April 2017
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