In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fontmell Magna like this:
FONTMELL, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Shaftesbury district, Dorset. The village stands 4 miles S of Shaftesbury, and 4 N by E of Shillingstone r. station; and has a post office under Salisbury. The parish includes also the tythings of Bedcester and Hartgrove; and bears the name of Fontmell Magna. ...
Acres, 2, 853. Real property, with Compton Abbas, £4, 796. Rated property of F. alone, £3, 338. Pop., 875. Houses, 189. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory and a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of West Orchard, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £440. Patron, George Carr Glyn, Esq. The church was built in 1864, on the site of a previous edifice; is in the later English style, after designs by Mr. Evans; and is richly ornamented. There is a Wesleyan chapel. -The sub-district contains nine parishes. Acres, 14, 944. Pop., 3, 358. Houses, 745.
Fontmell Magna 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 Fontmell Magna itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fontmell Magna in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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