In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Boscombe like this:
BOSCOMBE, a parish in Amesbury district, Wilts; on an affluent of the river Avon, and on the Basingstoke and Salisbury railway, 1½ mile NE of Porton station, and 4 SE of Amesbury. It has a post office under Marlborough. Acres, 1,692. Real property, with Gomeldon, Idmiston, Porton, and Winterbourne-Gunner, £7,630. ...
Pop., 143. Houses, 34. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £330.* Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is old but good; and there are almshouses, with endowed income of £24. Richard Hooker was rector from 1591 till 1595, and wrote here the first four books of his "Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity"
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Boscombe, in Salisbury and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th March 2017
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