In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Melbury Sampford like this:
MELBURY-SAMPFORD, a parish in Beaminster district, Dorset; 1¾ mile NW of Evershot r. station, and 7¾ SW of Sherborne. Post town, Melbury-Osmond, under Dorchester. Acres, 1,024. Real property, £3,208. Pop., 60. Houses, 10. The property belongs to the Earl of Ilchester. Melbury Hall is the Earl's seat; stands on high ground, commanding a fine prospect to the Mendip and the Quantock hills; is an ancient edifice, mainly rebuilt about the beginning of last century; and has an E front of weather-beaten stone, ornamented with Corinthian pillars. ...
The living is a rectory, annexed to the rectory of Melbury-Osmond, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church is ancient, has a pinnacled tower, and contains monuments of the Brownings and the Strangeways.
Melbury Sampford 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 Sampford itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Melbury Sampford in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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