In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Compton Bassett like this:
COMPTON-BASSETT, a parish in Calne district, Wilts; 2 miles E of Calne r. station, and 7 SSW of Wootton-Bassett. It has a post office under Chippenham. Acres, 2, 632. Real property, £4, 324. Pop., 369. Houses, 83. The property is all in one estate. The manor belonged to the Bassets; and was forfeited by them to the Crown. ...
Compton-Bassett House is the seat of G. H. W. Heneage, Esq.; and commands an extensive view. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £497.* Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is partly Norman, partly later English; and is good. Charities, £7.
Compton Bassett is now part of North Wiltshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how North Wiltshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Compton Bassett itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Compton Bassett in North Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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