In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fordington like this:
FORDINGTON, a suburban village, a parish, and a liberty, in Dorset. The village is suburban to Dorchester; stands on Icknield street and the river Frome, adjacent to branches of the Southwestern railway; partakes in the trade and interests of Dorchester; and was itself, at one time, a market-town. ...
The parish is in Dorchester district, and partly within Dorchester borough; and contains Dorchester workhouse. Post town, Dorchester. Acres, 2, 749. Real property, £9, 200. Pop., 3, 258. Houses, 538. Pop. of the part within Dorchester borough, 3, 172. Houses, 533. - The manor was held, in the time of Edward III., by the queen dowager, Isabella; passed to the Black Prince, as Duke of Cornwall; and, with nearly all the land, belongs now to the Prince of Wales. Fordington Field here comprises 1, 657 acres; continues to be unenclosed; and affords pasturage, on its stubbles, to large flocks of sheep. A Roman camp, and a well preserved amphitheatre, are in the parish; and a road in it has, from time immemorial, been called Icen-lane; and seems to have got that name from its connexion with Icknield street or the Via Iceniana. A raised causeway, 1, 980 feet long., in improvement of a bad road into the village, was formed, in 1747, by Mrs. Pitt, of Kingston House, at a cost of £1, 500; and, at the same time a three-arched bridge was constructed over a branch of the Frome. A Roman bath, some coins, and a great number of skeletons were found at the forming of the causeway. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £325.* Patron, the Prebendary of Fordington. The church is noticed in our article on Dorchester. The The vicarage of West Fordington is a separate benefice. -The liberty is partly in Dorchester division, and partly in Cerne division. Acres, 3, 041. Pop., 405. Houses, 53.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fordington in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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