In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shapwick like this:
SHAPWICK, a parish, with a village, in Wimborne district, Dorset; on the river Stour, 2¼ miles S E of Spetisbury r. station, and 4½ S S E of Blandford. It has a post-office under Bland ford. Acres, 3, 670. Real property, £4, 256. Pop., 446. Houses, 89. The manor belongs to E. G. Banks, Esq. A Carthusian priory, a cell to Sheen in Surrey, was founded here in 1414. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £379.* Patron, E. G. Banks, Esq. The church is ancient. There is a national school.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shapwick in East Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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