In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Melbury Abbas like this:
MELBURY-ABBAS, a parish in Shaftesbury district, Dorset; adjacent to Wilts, 2¼ miles SSE of Shaftesbury, and 5 S by E of Semley r. station. Post town, Shaftesbury, under Salisbury. Acres, 2,276. Rated property, £2,035. Pop., 412. Houses, 94. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to Sir R. ...
G. Glyn, Bart. Melbury-Hill and Melbury-Down are prominent features. Limestone is worked. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £263.* Patron, Sir R. G. Glyn, Bart. The church was rebuilt in 1851, and has a turreted tower. There is a national school. Bishop Blandford was a native.
Melbury Abbas is now part of North Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Melbury Abbas itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Melbury Abbas in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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