In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Corfe Mullen like this:
CORFE-MULLEN; a parish in Wimborne district, Dorset; on the Roman road from Poole, near the river Stour and the Southampton and Dorset railway, 2½ miles SW of Wimborne-Minster. It has a post office under Wimborne. Acres, 3, 086. Real property, £3, 335. Pop., 724. Houses, 165. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage, under the vicarage of Sturminster-Marshall, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £386.* Patron, Eton College. The church was, not long ago, enlarged; and is good. There is a Wesleyan chapel. A school has £40 from endowment; and other charities £80.
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 Corfe Mullen has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of East Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Corfe Mullen and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Corfe Mullen in East Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 02nd September 2014
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