In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Purton like this:
PURTON, a village and a parish in Cricklade district, Wilts. The village stands on an eminence near the Swindon and Gloucester railway, 1 mile W of the North Wilts canal, and 4¾ N W of Swindon; and has a station on the railway, a post-office‡ under Swindon, and fairson the Tuesday before 6 May and the Friday after 19 Sept. The parish contains also Braydon hamlet and Cricklade workhouse. Acres, 7, 878. Rated property, £10, 157. Pop., 2,087. Houses, 453. The property is subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £690.* Patron, the Earl of Shaftesbury. The church is a handsome edifice, with two towers and a spire; and contains monuments of the Maskelynes. There are chapels for Independents and Primitive Methodists, an endowed school with £17 a year, and charities £80.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Purton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Wiltshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Purton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Purton in North Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 31st October 2014
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