In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described East Stour like this:
STOWER (East), a parish in Shaftesbury district, Dorset; 2½ miles SSW of Gillingham r. station. Post town, Gillingham, under Bath. Acres, 1,675. Rated property, £3,186. Pop., 426. Houses, 105. The property is divided among a few. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to Gillingham. The church is good. Fielding was, for some time, a resident.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of East Stour in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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