In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Dowlish Wake like this:
DOWLISH-WAKE, or East Dowlish, a parish in Chard district, Somerset; near the Chard canal, 2 miles SE by S of Ilminster r. station, and 4 NE of Chard. Post town, Ilminster. Acres, together with West Dowlish, 1, 282. Real property, with West Dowlish, £2, 894. Pop., 319. Houses, 75. The property, inclusive of West Dowlish, is all in one estate. Limestone is quarried. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of West Dowlish, in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £356. Patron, W. Speke, Esq. The church was rebuilt in a handsome manner, in 1862.
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 Dowlish Wake has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Somerset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Dowlish Wake and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dowlish Wake in South Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th September 2014
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