In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Frampton like this:
FRAMPTON, a village, a parish, and a liberty in Dorset. The village stands on the river Froom, near the Dorchester and Yeovil railway, 5½ miles NW by W of Dorchester; was known at Domesday as Frantone; was once a market-town; and has a fine bridge over the Froom, a post office under Dorchester, a railway station jointly with Grimstone, and fairs on 4 March, 7 Ang., and 4 Sept. The parish contains also the hamlets of Mageston and Southover; and is in the district of Dorchester. Acres, 3, 508. ...
Real property, £4, 177. Pop., 435. Houses, 85. The property is divided among a few. Frampton Court is the seat of the Sheridans. A priory of black monks, a cell to the abbey of St. Stephen at Caen in Normandy, stood on the site of Frampton Court, and was given to the Haltons. The parish is a resort of sportsmen. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £120.* Patron, R. B. Sheridan, Esq. The church was built in the time of Edward IV.; has an ancient stone pulpit; and is good. Charities, £32.--The liberty contains five parishes, and part of another; and is partly in Dorchester division, partly in Bridport division. Acres, 7, 751 and 3, 347. Pop., 897 and 1, 061. Houses, 175 and 208.
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 Frampton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Frampton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Frampton in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th July 2014
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