In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Manston like this:
MANSTON, a parish in Sturminster district, Dorset; on the river Stour, 2 miles ENE of Sturminster-Newton r. station-Post town, Sturminster-Newton, under Blandford. Acres, 1,323. Real property, with Hanmoon, £4,585. Rated property of M. alone, £2,599. Pop., 152. Houses, 28. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of SalisburyValne, £400. Patron, J. T. Leather, Esq. The church is ancient, with a tower; and the chancel was restored and beautified in 1869. There is a parochial school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Manston in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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