In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described West Orchard like this:
ORCHARD (West), a parish in Shaftesbury district, Dorset; on an affluent of the river Stour, 3 miles N E of Sturminster-Newton r. station, and 5¼ S S W of Shaftesbury-Post-town, Sturminster-Newton, under Bland ford. Acres, 617. Real property, with East Orchard, £3, 269. Pop. of W. O. alone, 103. Houses, 24. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the rectory of Fontmell-Magna, in the diocese of Salisbury.
West Orchard is now part of North Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about West Orchard itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Orchard in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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