In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Melplash like this:
MELPLASH, a tything in Netherbury parish, and a chapelry partly also in Poorstock parish, Dorset. The tything lies 2¼ miles SSE of Beaminster, and 2¼ NW of Poorstock r. station; and has a post office under Bridport. The chapelry was constituted in 1847. Pop. of the Netherbury portion, 422; of the Poorstock portion, 42. Houses, 89 and 10. The living is a Vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £300.* Patron, the Bishop, of Salisbury. There is also a good parochial school-house.
Additional information about this locality is available for Netherbury
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Melplash in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th March 2017
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