In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Melbury Osmond like this:
MELBURY-OSMOND, a village and a parish in Beaminster district, Dorset. The village stands 2½ miles NNW of Evershot r. station, and 6¾ SW by S of Sher. borne; and has a post office under Dorchester. The parish comprises 1,192 acres. Real property, £1,704. Pop., 329. Houses, 73. ...
The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to the Earl of Ilchester. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of MelburySampford, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £268. Patron, the Earl of Ilchester. The church was rebuilt in 1745, and has a tower. There are an endowed school with £15 a year, and charities £11.
Melbury Osmond 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 Osmond itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Melbury Osmond in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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