In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Piddletrenthide like this:
PIDDLETRENTHIDE, a village, a parish, and aliberty, in Dorset. The village stands on the river Piddle, near its head, 7 miles N of Dorchester r. station; and has a post-office under Dorchester. The parish comprises 4, 487 acres, and is in Dorchester district. Real property, £5, 382. Pop., 793. Houses, 179. The property is divided among a few. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £211.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Winchester. The church is ancient but good, and has a lofty tower. There are a Wesleyan chapel, and an endowed school with £15 ayear. The liberty contains also the parish of Mintern-Magna, and is in Cerne division. Acres, 6, 551. Pop., 1, 167. Houses, 253.
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 Piddletrenthide 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 Piddletrenthide and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Piddletrenthide in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th December 2014
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