In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Stour Provost like this:
STOWER-PROVOST, a parish in Shaftesbury district, Dorset; 3½ miles SSW of Gillingham r. station. Post town, Gillingham, under Bath. Acres, 2,777. Rated property, £4,868. Pop., 889. Houses, 195. The property is divided among a few. A nunnery, or cell to St. Leger de Pratellis in Normandy, was founded here in the time of King John; and was given to King's college, Cambridge. The living is a rectory, united with Todbere, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £655.* Patron, King's College, Cambridge. The church is good. There is a slightly endowed school.
Stour Provost is now part of North Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Stour Provost itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stour Provost in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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