In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Dulverton like this:
DULVERTON, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district in the district of Tiverton and county of Somerset. The town stands on the river Barle, amid an amphitheatre of wooded hills, adjacent to Exmoor, 10 miles W of Wiveliscombe, and 12 NNW of Tiverton r. station. It consists chiefly of two neat streets; has a post office‡ under Tiverton, three good inns, a five-arched bridge, a parish church, a dissenting chapel, a school with £29 from endowment, and other charities with £28; carries on manufactures in silks and woollens; has markets on Saturdays, and fairs on 10 July and 8 Nov.; and is a seat of sessions, and a polling place. ...
The church is early English, with an embattled tower and a corner turret; was restored in 1853; and contains monuments of the Svdenhams. The parish comprises 8, 337 acres. Real property, £7, 653. Pop., 1, 552. Houses, 301. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to the West Saxon kings; was given, by Edward I., to the Pynes; and passed to the Babbingtons and the Sydenhams. The scenery is highly picturesque; and an open spot, called Mount Sydenham, in a wood above the town, commands a very magnificent view. The hills and heaths are much frequented by sportsmen; and serve as meets for the Dulverton harriers, the Tiverton hounds, and the Devon and Somerset hounds. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells. Value, £322.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Wells.The sub-district contains eleven parishes and an extra-parochial tract. Acres, 73, 727. Pop., 6, 051. Houses, 1, 158.
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 Dulverton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Somerset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Dulverton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dulverton in West Somerset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th August 2015
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