Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for BLANDFORD

BLANDFORD, a subdistrict, a district, and a division in Dorset. The subdistrict contains the parishes of Blandford-Forum, Blandford-St. Mary, Bryanstone, Langton-Long-Blandford, Tarrant-Crawford, TarrantKeynston, Durweston, Stourpaine, Steepleton-Iwerne, Iwerne-Courtnay, Pimperne, Tarrant-Gunville, TarrantHinton, Tarrant-Launceston, Tarrant-Monckton, Tarrant-Rawston, and Tarrant-Rushton, and the extra-parochial tract of Hanford. Acres, 31,530. Pop., 8,542. Houses, 1,697. The district includes also the subdistrict of Milton-Abbas, containing the parishes of Milton-Abbas, Turnworth, Hilton, Stickland-Winterborne, Houghton-Winterborne, Milborne-St. Andrew, Winterborne-Clenstone, Winterborne-Whitechurch, Winterborne-Kingston, Winterborne-Thomson, Winterborne-Zelstone, Anderson, Almer, Spetisbury, and Charlton-Marshall, and part of Bere-Regis. Acres of the district, 57,731. Poor-rates in 1866, £10,152. Pop. in 1861, 14,827. Houses, 2,878. Marriages in 1866, 91; births, 447,-of which 34 were illegitimate; deaths, 297,-of which 92 were at ages under 5 years, and 13 at ages above 85 years. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 993; births, 4,314; deaths, 2,550. The places of worship in 1851, were 33 of the Church of England, with 7,773 sittings; 7 of Independents, with 1,801 s.; 9 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 1,048 s.; 4 of Primitive Methodists, with 280 s.; and 1 of Roman Catholics, with 200 s. The schools were 26 public day schools, with 1,895 scholars; 29 private day schools, with 789 s.; 37 Sunday schools, with 2,361 s.; and 2 evening schools for adults, with 23 s. The workhouse is in Blandford-Forum; and was erected at a cost of £1,200.-The division contains the hundreds of Cogdean and Rushmore, parts of the hundreds of Bere-Regis, Coombs-Ditch, Cranborne, Loosebarrow, Monckton-up-Wimborne, Piddletown, Pimperne, and Whiteway, and part of the liberty of Dewlish. Acres, 51,378. Pop., 12,211. Houses, 2,365. Blandford gives the title of Marquis to the Duke of Marlborough.

(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

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Feature Description: "a subdistrict, a district, and a division"   (ADL Feature Type: "countries, 3rd order divisions")
Administrative units: Blandford PLU/RegD       Dorset AncC
Place: Blandford Forum

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