In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Mappowder like this:
MAPPOWDER, a parish in Dorchester district, Dorset; 6 miles NE by E of Cerne-Abbas, and 6 SW of Sturminster-Newton r. station. Post town, Blandford. Acres, 1,887. Real property, £2,538. Pop., 238. Houses, 48. The property is chiefly in one estate. Stone is quarried. The parish is a meet for the Blackmoor Vale harriers. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £390. Patron, G. D. W. Digby, Esq. The church is a fine edifice, with a tower; was about to be restored in the summer of 1867; and contains a Norman font, an effigies of a crusader, and monuments of the Cokers. John Coker, author of the "Survey of Dorset, ''was a native.
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 Mappowder has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Mappowder and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Mappowder in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 31st October 2014
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