In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fovant like this:
FOVANT, or Foffont, a parish in Wilton district, Wilts; on the river Avon, adjacent to the Salisbury and Exeter railway, 2 miles SW by W of Dinton r. station, and 7 WSW of Wilton. It has a post office, of the name of Fovant, under Salisbury. Acres, 2, 160. Real property, with Sutton-Mandeville, £5, 351. Rated property of F. alone, £2, 701. Pop., 600. Houses, 129. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, 465.* Patron, the Earl of Pembroke. The church is ancient; has a fine tower, and a curious brass of 1492, and was recently in disrepair.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fovant, in Salisbury and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 22nd November 2014
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