In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Loders like this:
LODERS, a village and a parish in Bridport district, Dorset. The village stands adjacent to the Bridport railway, on a small affluent of the river Brit, 2 miles NE of Bridport; and has a post office under Bridport. The parish comprises 2,241 acres. Real property, with UpLoders, Mattravers, and Askerswell, £7,127. Rated property of L. alone, £4,498. Pop. in 1851,986; in 1861, 1,053. Houses, 218. The property is divided among a few. Loders Court is the seat of Sir M. H. Nepean, Bart. ...
A priory, subordinate to Montsburgh abbey in Normandy, was founded here in the time of Henry II.; and was given, by Henry V., to Sion abbey. Building stone is quarried. A large flax and hemp mill is at West End. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £315.* Patron, alternately the Lord Chancellor and Sir M. H. Nepean, Bart. The church has a low massive W tower, and is good. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and charities £12.
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 Loders 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 Loders and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Loders in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th October 2014
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