Puddletown  Dorset


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Puddletown like this:

PIDDLETOWN, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred in Dorset. The village stands on the river Piddle, 3¾ miles N N W of Moreton r. station, and 5 N E by E of Dorchester: was once a market-town; and has a post-office ‡ under Dorchester, and fairs on Easter-Tuesday, and 29 Oct. ...

The parish contains also the hamlets of Admiston, Barton, Bourne, Chinehill, Druce, Duddle, Ilsington, Little Piddle, Troytown, and Water-son. Acres, 7, 653. Rated property, £7, 570. Pop., 1, 241. Houses, 259. The property is subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £438.* Patron, the Marquis of Hastings. The church is decorated English, in good condition; and contains afigured font, some old effigies, and several brasses. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, and charities £8.—The sub-district contains also elevenother parishes, and is in Dorchester district. Acres, 24, 912. Pop., 4, 143. Houses, 837. The hundred contains five parishes, and part of another; and is mainly in Dorchester division, but partly in Blandford div. Acres, 13, 139. Pop. in 1851, 2, 150. Houses, 436.

Puddletown through time

Puddletown is now part of West Dorset district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Dorset has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Puddletown itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Puddletown in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 23rd May 2024

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