In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fifehead Magdalen like this:
FIFEHEAD-MAGDALEN, a parish in Sturminster district, Dorset; on the river Stour, 4½ miles NE of Stal-bridge r. station, and 6 W by S of Shaftesbury. Post town, West Stour, under Blandford. Acres, 976. Real property, with Marnhull and Thornton, £11, 390. Rated property of F. M. alone, £2, 020. ...
Pop., 200. Houses, 39. The property is all in one estate. The manor belonged to St. Augustine's in Bristol; and passed to the bishops. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £250.* Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury, The church contains monuments of the Newmans, and is good.
Fifehead Magdalen 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 Fifehead Magdalen itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fifehead Magdalen in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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