In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described West Stafford like this:
STAFFORD (West), a parish, with a village, in Dorchester district, Dorset; on the Southampton and Dorchester railway, 2 ¼ miles S by E of Dorchester. It has a post-office under Dorchester. Acres, 984. Real property, £2,205. Pop., 220. Houses, 44. S. House was the seat of the Goulds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £303.* Patron, Mrs. E. Floyer. The church is good.
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 West Stafford 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 West Stafford and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Stafford in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd July 2014
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