In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Bridport like this:
Bridport, seaport town, mun. bor., and par., W. Dorset, 18 miles W. of Dorchester and 155 miles SW. of London by rail-- town and mun. bor., 654 ac., pop. 6795; par., 62 ac., pop. 3936; 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday; has mfrs. of cordage, twine, fishing-nets, and sailcloth. The town is situated between the rivers Bride or Brit and Asker, which join about 1½ mile below the town, and form a safe and commodious harbour for vessels of about 250 tons. B. is now a sub-port of Weymouth. The bor. returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.
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 Bridport has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Bridport and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bridport in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th June 2016
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