In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Morden like this:
MORDEN, a village and a parish in Wareham district, Dorset. The village stands 3½ miles SW of Bailey-Gate r. station, and 5¼ N by E of Wareham; and has a post office under Blandford. The parish contains also the hamlets of Charborough, Sandford, and Sherford. Acres, 6,574. Real property, £5,168. Pop. in 1851, 1,018; in 1861,939. Houses, 194. The manor, with Charborough Park, belongs to Miss Drax. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £250.* Patron, Miss Drax. The church is ancient; consists of nave and chancel, with embattled tower; contains monuments of the Erle and the Drax families, and, in 1 867, was in bad repair. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a free school, alms houses, and some charity lands.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Morden, in Purbeck and Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th May 2015
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