In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Motcombe like this:
MOTCOMBE, a village and a parish in Shaftesbury district, Dorset. The village stands 1 mile S by E of Semley r. station, 1¼ W of the boundary with Wilts, and 1¾ NNW of Shaftesbury; and is large and straggling. The parish comprises 4,841 acres. Post town, Shaftesbury, under Salisbury. ...
Real property, £8,943. Pop. in 1851, 1,535; in 1861,1,433. Houses, 311. The decrease of pop. was caused by the reduction of the number of families to a house. The property is divided among a few. The manor, with Motcombe House, belongs to the Marquis of Westminster. M. House contains a good collection of pictures. Market-gardening is carried on. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Gillingham, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church was rebuilt in 1846, and has a tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a parochial school, and charities £49.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Motcombe in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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