In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described West Knighton like this:
KNIGHTON (WEST), a parish in Dorchester district, Dorset; near the Southwestern railway, 4 miles SE of Dorchester. It includes the hamlets of Fryer-Mayne, Little Mayne, and Lewell; and its post town is Dorchester. Acres, 2, 339. Real property, £1, 357. Pop., 268. Houses, 58. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Broadmayne, in the diocese of Salisbury. Valne, £332. * Patron, the Rev. W. Urquhart. The church was recently repaired. Charities, £10.
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 West Knighton 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 West Knighton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Knighton in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th April 2014
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