In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wimborne St Giles like this:
WIMBORNE-ST. GILES, a parish and a hundred in Dorset. The parish lies 1¾ mile SW of Cranborne, and 3½ NNW of Verwood railway station; contains a village of its own name; includes the tything of W.-All Saints; and is in Wimborne district. Post town, Cranborne, under Salisbury. Acres, 3,978. Real property, £4,121. Pop., 436. Houses, 86. The manor, with St. Giles Park, belongs to the Earl of Shaftesbury, and gives him the title of Baron. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £545.* Patron. the Earl of Shaftesbury. The church was rebuilt in 1732, and restored in 1852. There are national schools and alms houses.-The hundred includes West Woodyates parish, and is in Wimborne division.
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 Wimborne St Giles has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of East Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Wimborne St Giles and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wimborne St Giles in East Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st April 2015
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