In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Tarrant Crawford like this:
TARRANT-CRAWFORD, a parish in Blandford district, Dorset; 1¼ mile ENE of Spetisbury r. station, and 3¼ SSE of Blandford. Posttown, Blandford. Acres, 600. Real property, £750. Pop., 67. Houses, 15. A Cistertian nunnery was founded here in the time of Richard I.; was the burial-place of Joan, daughter of King John, and Joan, queen of Alexander II.; and was given, at the dissolution, to the Wyatts. The living is a donative in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £50. Patron, J. S. Drax, Esq. Bishop Poore, of the 13th century, was a native.
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 Tarrant Crawford 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 Tarrant Crawford and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Tarrant Crawford in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 07th December 2016
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