A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831

Dorsetshire

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AFF-PIDDLE, a parish in the hundred of HUNDRED'S BARROW, Blandford (south) division of the county of DORSET, 9 miles (E. by N.) from Dorchester, containing, with the tithing of Bryant's-Piddle, 441 inhabitants.

The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at 8. 14. 9., and endowed with 200 royal bounty. J. Frampton, Esq. was patron in 1824. Here is a free school endowed with 10. 10. per annum. On the summit of a hill, on the road from Piddletown to Poole, there are one hundred and twelve broad and deep pits, the largest of which is sixty yards in diameter, in the most rainy season, they never retain water; near them are some small tumuli.

Volume 1, page 11

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