In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Whitechurch Canonicorum like this:
WHITCHURCH-CANONICORUM, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Dorset. The village stands 5 miles WNW of Bridport r. station; took its name from an alien monastery called Album Monasterium, a cell to St. Wandragisil abbey in Normandy; was once a market-town; and has a post-office under Bridport. ...
The parish includes four hamlets, and comprises 6,113 acres. Rated property, £4,765. Pop., 1,533. Houses, 336. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage, united with Chideock and with Stanton-St. Gabriel, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £739.* Patron, the Bishop of S. The church is good; a chapel of ease is at Marshwood; and part of the parish is in Monckton-Wyld chapelry. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, national schools, and charities £22.The sub-district contains six parishes, and is in Bridport district. Acres, 15,259. Pop., 4,095. Houses, 902.- The hundred contains nine parishes and a part, and is in Bridport division. Acres, 20,734. Pop. in 1851, 5,686. Houses, 1,181.
Whitechurch Canonicorum is now part of West Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Whitechurch Canonicorum itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Whitechurch Canonicorum in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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