In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Melbury Bubb like this:
MELBURY-BUBB, a parish in Dorchester district, Dorset; under Bubb-Down, 1¾ mile N by E of Eversholt r. station, and 5¼ NW of Cerne-Abbas. It contains the tything of Woolcombe; and its Post town is Sherborne. Acres, 1,227. Rated property, £1,399. Pop., 136. Houses, 28. The property is divided between two. ...
Bubb-Down is a conspicuous landmark; was formerly a beacon-station; and commands a very extensive and beautiful view. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £222.* Patron, the Earl of Inchester. The church was rebuilt in 1854, and retains the tower of a previous edifice. There was formerly a chapel at Woolcombe.
Melbury Bubb is now part of West Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Melbury Bubb itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Melbury Bubb in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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