In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Marnhull like this:
MARNHULL, a village and a parish in Sturminster district, Dorset. The village stands 1 mile E of the river Stonr, 1¾ SE of the boundary with Somerset, and 3 N of Sturminster-Newton r. station; is large and irregularly built; and has a post office under Blandford. The parish contains also the hamlets of Burton, Keutisford, and Thornton. ...
Acres, 3,751. Real property, with Fifehead-Magdalen, £11,390. Rated property of M. alone, £7,491. Pop., 1,444. Houses, 327. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to John Hussey, Esq. Nash Court is the chief residence; has belonged to the Husseys since the time of Charles II.; was the birthplace of Giles Hussey, the ingenions painter, who drew by the mnsical scale; and contains some choice paintings of the old masters. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £800.* Patron, R. W. Kennard, Esq. The church is large and good, and has a tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Roman Catholics, and a parochial school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Marnhull in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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