In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Thornford like this:
THORNFORD, a parish in Sherborne district, Dorset; 3¼ miles SW of Sherborne r. station. Post town, Sherborne. Acres, 1,407. Real property, £2,267. Pop., 415. Houses, 80. Most of the property is in one estate. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £200.* Patron, G. D. W. Digby, Esq. The church was restored in 1866.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Thornford in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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