In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Stoke Wake like this:
STOKE-WAKE, a parish in Sturminster district, Dorset; 5½ miles S of Sturminster r. station. Post town, Blandford. Acres, 1,038. Rated property, £1,225. Pop., 112. Houses, 23. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £156. Patron, H. K. Seymer, Esq. 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 Stoke Wake has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Stoke Wake and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stoke Wake in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th October 2014
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