In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Marshwood like this:
MARSHWOOD, a village and a parish in Beaminster district, Dorset. The village stands on the river Char, 5 miles SW of Beaminster, and 5 NW by N of Bridport r. station; and was anciently the head of a barony. The parish comprises 3,396 acreS; and its post-towu is Thorncombe, under Chard. Rated property, £3,074. Pop., 473 Houses, 102. The property is much subdivided. The Char's valley here bears the name of tlhe Vale of Marshwood; and is a very rough country, with cold stiff clay of the lias formation; but is noted for the large size of its oaks. There are two ancient camps. The living is a p. curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Whitchurch-Canonicornm, in the diocese of Salisbury. The church is modern; and there is a village school.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Marshwood in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th April 2014
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