Cerne  Dorset


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

CERNE, a river, a subdistrict, a hundred, and a division in Dorset. The river rises near Mintern; and runs 10 miles southward, past Cerne-Abbas, Nether-Cerne, and Forston, through a tract of chalk hills, to the Froms in the vicinity of Dorchester. The subdistrict lies round Cerne-Abbas; is in the district of Dorchester; and contains nineteen parishes and a parochial chapelry. ...

Acres, 45,363. Pop., 7,318. Houses, 1,543. The hundred also lies round Cerne-Abbas, is partly in Bridport and Dorchester divisions, but chiefly in Cerne division; bears the name of Cerne, Totcombe, and Modbury; and contains five parishes of the subdistrict, together with one parish and part of another not in the subdistrict. Acres, 10,501.-The division is more extensive than the subdistrict; and contains the hundreds or liberties of Alton-Pancras, Buckland-Newton, Piddletrenthide, and Sydling-St. Nicholas, and parts of Fordington, Bindon, Sherborne, Tollerford, Whiteway, Yetminster, and Cerne, Totcombe, and Modbury. Acres, 47,653. Pop., 7,318. Houses, 1,543.

Cerne through time

Cerne 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 Cerne itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 01st April 2023

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