In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described West Stour like this:
STOWER (West), a parish in Shaftesbury district, Dorset; 2¼ miles SW of Gillingham r. station. Post town, Gillingham, under Bath. Acres, 1,015. Rated property, £1,750. Pop., 215. Houses, 43. The property is divided among a few. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to Gillingham. The church is good.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of West Stour in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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