In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Brixton like this:
BRIXTON, or Brighstone, a village and a parish on the SW coast of the Isle of Wight 'The village stands on a brook, ¾ of a mile NNE of Grange chine, and 6 SW of Newport; and has a post office under Newport and an inn. The parish includes also the hamlet of Limerston, and part of the hamlet of Chilton. Acres, 3,251; of which 100 are water. Real property, £3,866. Pop., 630. Houses, 128. The property is divided among a few. The land was formerly part of the manor of Swainston. The Hon. ...
A. Court Holmes' residence of Westover adjoins the village. A slight adjacent encurvature of the sea bears the name of Brixton bay; the coast is cut with a series of chines, presenting picturesque features; and the interior, at the distance of 1¾ mile, is a range of hill, called Mottestone, Brixton, and Limerston downs. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £515.* Patron, the Bishop of Winchester. The church was rebuilt on the site of an ancient previous one in 1852; and is variously of Norman, early English, decorated, and perpendicular character. The parsonage is a picturesque edifice; and was the home of Bishop Ken two years as rector, and the asylum of the old age of William Wilberforce.
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 Brixton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of the Isle of Wight. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Brixton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Brixton, in The the Isle of Wight and Hampshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th November 2015
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