In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described East Orchard like this:
ORCHARD (East), a parish in Shaftesbury district, Dorset; on an affluent of the river Stour, 3 miles N by E of Shillingstone r. station, and 4¼ S S W of Shaftesbury. Post-town, Iwerne-Minster, under Bland ford. Acres, 860. Real property, with West Orchard, £3, 369. Pop. of E. O. alone, 227. Houses, 54. The living is a vicarage, united with Margaret-Marsh, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £174.* Patron, the Vicar of Iwerne-Minster. The church was rebuilt in 1860, at a cost of £720; 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 East Orchard has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering East Orchard and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of East Orchard in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd April 2014
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