Rampisham  Dorset


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

RAMPISHAM--popularly Ransom--, a parish in Beaminster district, Dorset; on the river Frome, 2½ miles W S W of Evershot r. station, and 5¾ E by N of Beaminster. Post-town, Cattistock, under Dorchester. Acres, 2,030. Real property, £3,029. Pop., 356. Houses, 83. The property is divided among a few. ...

The manor belongs to Lord Auckland. A Roman pavement, 14 feet by 10, was found in 1799. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Wraxall, in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £444.* Patron, St. John's College, Cambridge. The church was restored in 1859, and contains a brass of 1523. The churchyard contains a curious cross, with sculptures which have occasioned much discussion, but are now nearly effaced. There are a national school, and charities £67.

Rampisham through time

Rampisham 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 Rampisham itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 27th May 2024

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