In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Maiden Newton like this:
MAIDEN-NEWTON, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Dorchester district, Dorset. The village stands on the river Frome, and on the Dorchester and Yeovilrailway, at the junction of the branch to Bridport, 7¾ miles NW of Dorchester; was once a markettown; and has a station with telegraph on the railway, a post office‡ under Dorchester, and fairs on 9 March and 4 May. The parish contains also the hamlets of Cruxton and Notton. Acres, 2,853. Real property, £3,912. Pop., 84e. ...
Houses, 167. The property is mostly in one estate. Iron-founding and brewing are carried on. Some Roman tesselated pavement was found on the S border, near the end of last century. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Valne, £600.* Patrons, the Earl of Ilchester and the Countess of Egremont. The church is Norman; consists of nave, S aisle, and transept, with a central embattled tower; and is in good condition. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, and charities £5.The sub-district contains also seventeen other parishes. Acres, 35,234. Pop., 5,603. Houses,
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Maiden Newton in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th October 2014
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