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.
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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: 28th September 2016
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