In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Holnest like this:
HOLNEST, a parish in Sherborne district, Dorset; 4 miles E of Yetminster r. station, and 4¾ S by E of Sherborne. Post town, Long Burton, under Sherborne. Acres, 2, 062. Real property, £2, 274. Pop., 147. Houses, 29. Holnest Lodge is a chief residence. The parish is a meet for the Charborough hounds. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the vicarage of Long Burton, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church has an embattled tower. There is a national school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Holnest in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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