In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Belchalwell like this:
BELLCHALWELL, a parish in Sturminster district, Dorset; 3 miles S of Sturminster, and 6½ WNW of Blandford r. station. Post Town, Turnworth, under Blandford. Acres, 1,308. Real property, with Fifehead-Neville, £3,188. Pop., 158. Houses, 37. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, not reported. Patron, Lord Rivers. The church has a Norman porch and a square tower; and is very good.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Belchalwell in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 02nd August 2014
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