Place:Fordington, Dorset, England

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NameFordington
TypeVillage, Parish, Suburb
Coordinates50.714°N 2.429°W
Located inDorset, England
See alsoDorchester Registration District, Dorset, Englandregistration district of which it was part until 1900
Dorchester Rural, Dorset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1900
Dorchester, Dorset, Englandmunicipal borough of which it was part 1900-1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
the following text is based on an article in Wikipedia

Fordington is a part of the town of Dorchester, Dorset; originally a separate village, it has now become a suburb. Taking its name from a ford across the River Frome, it grew up around the church of St. George (where Henry Moule was once Vicar), though the parish was much larger and surrounded Dorchester on three sides. It was part of the liberty of Fordington.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"FORDINGTON, a suburban village, a parish, and a liberty, in Dorset. The village is suburban to Dorchester; stands on Icknield street and the river Frome, adjacent to branches of the Southwestern railway; partakes in the trade and interests of Dorchester; and was itself, at one time, a market-town. The parish is in Dorchester district, and partly within Dorchester borough; and contains Dorchester workhouse. Post town: Dorchester. Acres: 2, 749. Real property: £9,200. Population: 3,258. Houses: 538. Population of the part within Dorchester borough: 3,172. Houses: 533.
"The manor was held, in the time of Edward III., by the queen dowager, Isabella; passed to the Black Prince, as Duke of Cornwall; and, with nearly all the land, belongs now to the Prince of Wales. Fordington Field here comprises 1,657 acres; continues to be unenclosed; and affords pasturage, on its stubbles, to large flocks of sheep. A Roman camp, and a well preserved amphitheatre, are in the parish; and a road in it has, from time immemorial, been called Icen-lane; and seems to have got that name from its connexion with Icknield street or the Via Iceniana. A raised causeway, 1,980 feet long., in improvement of a bad road into the village, was formed, in 1747, by Mrs. Pitt, of Kingston House, at a cost of £1,500; and, at the same time a three-arched bridge was constructed over a branch of the Frome. A Roman bath, some coins, and a great number of skeletons were found at the forming of the causeway. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £325. Patron, the Prebendary of Fordington. The church is noticed in our article on Dorchester. The The vicarage of West Fordington is a separate benefice.
"The liberty is partly in Dorchester division, and partly in Cerne division. Acres: 3,041. Population: 405. Houses: 53."

West Fordington

A further description is provided for West Fordington:

"FORDINGTON (West), a chapelry in Fordington parish, Dorchester district, Dorset; in the western vicinity of Dorchester town and [railway] station. Post town, Dorchester. The chapelry was constituted in 1847. Population: 1,059. Houses: 113. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value: not reported. Patron, the Vicar of Fordington."

Liberty of Fordington

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Liberties were an administrative unit of local government in England from the Middle Ages to the 19th century, co-existing with the then operative system of hundreds and boroughs but independent of both, generally for reasons of tenure.

Fordington Liberty included the following parishes:

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