In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Leigh like this:
LEIGH, a chapelry in Yetminster parish, Dorset; 2¼ miles SE of Yetminster r. station, and 6 SSW of Sherborne. It has fairs on 25 March, 1 May, and 3 Sept.; and its Post town is Yetminster, under Sherborne. Acres, 1,984. Real property, £3,033. Pop., 465. Houses, 93. The property is much subdivided. The liVing is a p. curacy in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £253.* Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is good.
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 Leigh 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 Leigh and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Leigh in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th September 2016
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