In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Oborne like this:
OBORNE, a parish in Sherborne district, Dorset; on the London, Yeovil, and Exeter railway, adjacent to Somerset, 1¾ mile E N E of Sherborne. Post-town, Sherborne. Acres, 593. Real property, £1, 175. Pop., 150. Houses, 30. The manor belongs to Cains college, Cambridge. Sherborne Park, the seat of Earl Digby, is partlywithin the limits. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £172.* Patron, G. D. W. Digby, Esq. The church was rebuilt in 1862, and is in the early English style.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Oborne has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Oborne and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Oborne in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th May 2015
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