In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described East Stoke like this:
STOKE (East), a parish, with West Holme tything, in Wareham district, Dorset; on the river Frome, 2½ miles E of Wool r. station, and 3½ W by S of Wareham. Post town, Wareham. Acres, 3,273; of which 40 are water. Rated property, £3,122. Pop., 594. Houses, 130. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £326. Patron, Sir H. Oglander. The church was rebuilt in 1827, at a cost of £6,700. There is a national school.
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 East Stoke has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Purbeck. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering East Stoke and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of East Stoke, in Purbeck and Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th January 2015
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