In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fisherton Anger like this:
FISHERTON-ANGER, a village and a parish in Alderbury district, Wilts. The village stands on the right bank of the river Avon, and on the Southwestern railway, suburban to Salisbury; and communicates with that city by a stone bridge, near which is the Salisbury infirmary. It has a station on the railway, transferred hither from Milford; and the station building is nearly 800 feet long, and has a glass roof over the platform. It also is a seat of petty sessions, and shares in the business of Salisbury; and it had, on the site of the Sun inn, a black priory, founded in the time of Edward III.The parish is partly within Salisbury borough; and comprises 323 acres. ...
Real property, £6, 422; of which £760 are in gas-works. Pop. of the part within Salisbury, 2, 334. Houses, 361. Pop. of the whole, in 1851, 1, 905; in 1861, 2, 424. Houses, 378. The increase of pop. arose from the erection of houses, consequent on the opening of the Great Western and the Southwestern railway stations. The property is much subdivided. Fisherton House is now a private lunatic asylum; and a chapel, connected with it, in the early decorated style, was built in 1859. The county jail also is in this parish; and comprises 102 cells, 15 rooms, and 10 airing-yards. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £212.* Patrons, Trustees. The church is modern, and has a tower and spire. There are a primitive Methodist chapel, a national school, alms-houses with £200, and other charities with £55.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fisherton Anger, in Salisbury and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th August 2016
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