In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Rampisham like this:
RAMPISHAM--popularly Ransom--, a parish in Beaminster district, Dorset; on the river Frome, 2½ miles W S W of Evershot r. station, and 5¾ E by N of Beaminster. Post-town, Cattistock, under Dorchester. Acres, 2,030. Real property, £3,029. Pop., 356. Houses, 83. The property is divided among a few. ...
The manor belongs to Lord Auckland. A Roman pavement, 14 feet by 10, was found in 1799. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Wraxall, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £444.* Patron, St. John's College, Cambridge. The church was restored in 1859, and contains a brass of 1523. The churchyard contains a curious cross, with sculptures which have occasioned much discussion, but are now nearly effaced. There are a national school, and charities £67.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Rampisham in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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