In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Berwick St John like this:
BERWICK-ST. JOHN, a parish in Tisbury district, Wilts; at the source of the Ebell river, under White Sheet hills, near Cranborne Chase, 4 ¼. miles S of Tisbury r. station, and 5½ E by S of Shaftesbury. It has a post office under Salisbury. Acres, 3,669. Real property, with Alvediston and Tollard-Royal, £7,280. ...
Pop., 499. Houses, 98. The property is divided among a few. Winkelbury camp, or Vespasian's camp, on a lofty ridge in the SW, is an entrenchment of 12½ acres, engirt by a single ditch and by a rampart 39 feet high; and commands a very extensive view. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £562. Patron, New College, Oxford. The church is a cruciform structure of the time of Henry VII.; has a low, square, central, ornamented tower; was restored in 1861-2; and contains two ancient effigies of crusaders, and monuments of the Grove family and others. There is a Baptist chapel.
Berwick St John is now part of Salisbury district. Click here for graphs and data of how Salisbury has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Berwick St John itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Berwick St John, in Salisbury and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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