- source: Family History Library Catalog
- the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia
Pilsdon is a parish in the West Dorset administrative district, approximately 4.5 miles (7.2 km) west of Beaminster.
It is the location of Pilsdon Pen, a 277 metre (909 ft) hill situated at the north end of the Marshwood Vale. It is Dorset's second highest point and has panoramic views extending for many miles.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
- "PILSDON, or Pillesdon, a parish in Beaminster district, Dorset; under Pillesdon Hill, 4½ miles W S W of Beaminster, and 6 S S W of Crewkerne [railway] station. Post-town, Beaminster, under Bridport. Acres: 648. Real property, with Bettiscombe: £1,796. Rated property of [Pilsdon] alone, £767. Population: 86. Houses: 21. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value: £104. Patron, Mrs. Bowers. The church was mainly rebuilt in 1830."
Note: A Vision of Britain through Time maintains Pilsdon as "Pilson" in its databases.
Dorset Research Tips
One of the many maps available on the website A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Dorset at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. The internal boundaries on this map are the rural districts which are indicated in the "See Also" box for the place concerned (unless it is an urban parish).
The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases. Some are linked to Ancestry.
- GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Dorset, but it has left the 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes to UK Genealogy Archives.
- FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date, but UK Genealogy Archives may prove more helpful.
- A Vision of Britain through Time has
- organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts up to 1974
- excerpts from gazetteers of the late 19th century outlining individual towns and parishes
- reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
- More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.