In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Winterbourne Abbas like this:
WINTERBORNE-ABBAS, a parish, with a village, in Dorchester district, Dorset; 4½ miles W of Dorchester r. station. It has a post-office under Dorchester, and an inn. Acres, 1,500. Real property, £1,571. Pop., 205. Houses, 40. The property is divided among a few. There are a Druidical circle and numerous barrows. ...
The name Winterborne arose to this parish and to others from the periodicity of streams, issuing from chalk formations, disappearing in summer, and flowing copiously in winter. The living is a rectory, united with W.-Steepleton, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £435.* Patron, Lincoln College, Oxford. The church is tolerable. Bishop Ironside was rector.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Winterbourne Abbas in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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