In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Horton like this:
HORTON, a village and a parish in Wimborne district, Dorset. The village stands 4½ miles SSW of Cranborne, and 6 NNE of Wimborne r. station; and has a post office under Wimborne.The parish comprises 2, 740 acres. Real property, £2, 201. Pop., 431. Houses, 95. The manor belongs to the Earl of Shaftesbury. ...
Horton Park is a chief residence. A lofty brick tower, erected by Mr. Sturt of More-Critchell about the beginning of the present century, stands on a hill near the village, and command fine views of the surrounding country and the Isle of Wight. A Benedictine priory, a cell to Sherborne abbey, was founded at Horton, in 970, by Earl Orgar. A circular trench, several barrows, and traces of a chapel are here. The living is a rectory, united with the p. curacy of Woodlands, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £150.* Patron, the Earl of Shaftesbury. The church was rebuilt in 1720; and is a peculiarly shaped structure, with a spire. There is a free school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Horton in East Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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