In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Minterne Magna like this:
MINTERN-MAGNA, a parish in Dorchester district, Dorset; at the source of the river Cerne, 2¼ miles N of Cerne-Abbas, and 4½ E by N of Evershot r. station. It includes the hamlets of Hartley and Tiley, and the tything of Middlemarsh; and its Post town is Cerne, under Dorchester. Acres, 2,064. Real property, with Mintern-Parva, £3,345. Rated property of M. M. alone, £1,776. Pop., 374. Houses, 74. The property is divided among a few. Mintern House is the seat of Lord Digby. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £140. * Patron, H. Sturt, Esq. The church is tolerable, has a tower, and contains monuments to the Napiers. Charities, £18.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Minterne Magna in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd September 2014
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