In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Winterborne Whitechurch like this:
WINTERBORNE-WHITCHURCH, a parish, with W.-Whatcombe hamlet and Law-Lee tything, in Blandford district, Dorset; 5 miles WSW of Spetisbury r. station, and 5¼ SW of Blandford. Post town, Blandford. Acres, 2,841. Real property, £3,781. Pop., 554. Houses, 103. The property is chiefly divided between two. ...
The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £97.* Patron, the Bishop of S. The church is good; and there are a Wesleyan chapel and a national school. Samuel Wesley was vicar, but eventually ejected for non-conformity; and his sons, John and Charles, the founders of Methodism, were born here during his incumbency.
Winterborne Whitechurch 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 Winterborne Whitechurch itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Winterborne Whitechurch in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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