In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Melcombe Regis like this:
MELCOMBE-REGIS, a parish in Weymouth district, Dorset; within Weymouth borough, and including the modern and larger portion of Weymouth town. Acres, 1,548; of which 90 are water. Real property, £33,794; of which £500 are in gas-works. Pop. in 1851,5,273; in 1861,6,498. Houses, 1,057. ...
The increase of pop. arose from the extension of the Great Western and the Southwestern railways to Weymouth, from the establishment of a regular packet service to the Channel Islands, and from the constructing of Government defence works and of the breakwater at Portland. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Radipole, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £298.* Patron, the Rev. E. Hollond. A separate charge, designated St. John's, was constituted in 1856, out of Melcombe Regis and Radipole; and the living of it is a p. curacy, of the value of £50, in the patronage of the Rector. Pop., in 1861, of the Melcome-Regis portion of St. John, 661; of the Radipole portion, 401. See WEYMOUTH.
Melcombe Regis is now part of Weymouth and Portland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Weymouth and Portland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Melcombe Regis itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Melcombe Regis, in Weymouth and Portland and Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th April 2017
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