In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Blackmoor Vale like this:
BLACKMOOR-VALE, the valley of the Cale river, on the mutual border of Somerset and Dorset; southsouth-eastward from Wincanton toward Sturminster. It is flanked by hill ranges, often 4 miles asunder; and has a rich, tenacious, marshy soil, notable as pasture land, and for the vigorous growth of oaks. It was originally called White Hart forest, from an incident in a hunt by Henry III.
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 Blackmoor Vale has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Blackmoor Vale and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Blackmoor Vale in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 19th February 2017
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