In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Stalbridge like this:
STALBRIDGE, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Sturminster district, Dorset. The town stands on an affluent of the river Stour, adjacent to the Somerset and Dorset railway, 6 miles E by N of Sherborne; was known, at Domesday, as Staplebridge; contains a beautiful ancient cross, about 30 feet high; and has a post-office‡ under Blandford, a r. ...
station with telegraph, an inn, a partial1y restored ancient church, Independent and Wesleyan chapels, a national school, a fortnightly market on Monday, and fairs on 6 May and 4 Sept. The parish includes three tythings, and comprises 5,681 acres. Real property, £12,179; of which £50 are in quarries. Pop., 1,929. Houses, 411. The manor belonged to Sherborne abbey; passed to the Seymours, the Audleys, the Boyles, and the Walters; and belongs now to the Marquis of Westminster. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £888.* Patron, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.The sub-district contains six parishes. Acres, 15,678. Pop. 4,422. Houses, 967.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stalbridge in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th April 2017
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