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.
West Stafford is now part of West Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about West Stafford itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Stafford in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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